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Does teleconsultation in pediatrics work?

Why is there still so much resistance from parents to using telemedicine as an option in consultations?

Pediatric teleconsultation can be a valuable tool for providing health care to children, especially in situations where access to in-person medical care is limited or difficult, such as in rural areas or during public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 19. Here are some ways pediatric teleconsultation can work:

  1. Screening and Counseling : Parents can use teleconsultation to get advice on minor health issues, such as fever, colds or rashes, before deciding whether a visit to the doctor is necessary.

  2. Monitoring Chronic Conditions : Pediatric patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes or asthma, can benefit from regular video consultations for monitoring and adjusting treatment, reducing the need for in-person visits.

  3. Parental Education and Guidance : Pediatricians can use teleconsultation to educate parents about issues related to child development, nutrition, vaccinations, and child safety.

  4. Access to Specialists : In areas where there are no specialized pediatricians, teleconsultation allows general doctors or nurses to obtain guidance from pediatric specialists remotely, improving the quality of care.

  5. Post-Hospitalization Follow-up : After hospital discharge, teleconsultations can be used to monitor the child's recovery, ensuring that the child is recovering adequately at home and reducing the need for repeat hospital visits.

  6. Emergency Consultation : In non-serious medical emergencies, parents can initiate a teleconsultation for initial guidance on how to manage the situation before seeking in-person medical care.

However, it is important to note that pediatric teleconsultation also has limitations, such as the difficulty of performing complete physical examinations and the need to ensure the privacy and security of patient data when transmitting medical information online. Therefore, teleconsultation should be used as a complement, not a substitute, for in-person medical care, especially in cases of emergencies or complex conditions.

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