HumanInsight Metabolic Benefit of Teleconsultation for Diabetes Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A French Observational Prospective Study
Telemed J E Health. 2022 Aug 9. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2022.0090. Online ahead of print.
Aim: To investigate the impact of teleconsultation on glycemic control in patients with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: In this observational prospective study, the main outcome was the comparison of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) between patients with or without teleconsultation at 6-month follow-up. Results: From March 17 to May 31, 2020, 610 patients were included, 456 were followed-up using Teleconsultation présent (TC+) and 154 not using No Teleconsultation (TC-). Patients of TC+ Group were younger, 57 ± 17 versus 65 ± 15.5 years (p < 0.001), with a lower body mass index, 28 ± 6.2 kg/m2 versus 30 ± 5.8 kg/m2, compared to those of TC- Group (p < 0.001). HbA1c were comparable between the two groups: 7.35 ± 0.27% for TC+ versus 7.48 ± 0.22% for TC- Group. At 6-month follow-up, HbA1c was lower in TC+ versus TC- Group: 7.21 ± 0.15% versus 7.6 ± 0.18% (p = 0.004). Conclusion: Our findings point toward the feasibility and usefulness of teleconsultation for the follow-up of patients with diabetes in such exceptional circumstances.
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