HumanInsight An Assessment of a Socioeconomic Risk Screening Tool for Telemedicine Encounters in Pediatric Primary Care: A Pilot Study
Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2022 Oct 13:99228221128375. doi: 10.1177/00099228221128375. Online ahead of print.
Socioeconomic adversity negatively affects child health. Telemedicine use in pediatrics is rapidly expanding. We piloted a socioeconomic risk screening tool within telemedicine visits. Using chart review, our primary aim was to assess the rates of screen completion, risk identification, and referral generation during telemedicine visits. Our secondary aim was to assess family satisfaction and barriers to connecting with referrals/interventions through follow-up telephone interviews. This study included 179 telemedicine encounters. The screening tool was completed in 63% of encounters and was positive in 5% of encounters. Of those who identified socioeconomic risks, 90% received a referral/intervention (social work consultation, food pantry, etc.). During follow-up calls, families expressed satisfaction with telemedicine, though 31% described difficulty connecting with the recommended services. High rates of socioeconomic risk screening resulting in interventions are achievable during telemedicine visits. Further work is needed to identify optimal socioeconomic risk screening questions and opportunities, and to ensure successful interventions.
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