HumanInsight Remote Management of Osteoporosis
Curr Treatm Opt Rheumatol. 2022 Sep 2:1-9. doi: 10.1007/s40674-022-00195-4. Online ahead of print.
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Osteoporosis management has evolved significantly over the past decade, with telehealth emerging as an effective tool to manage bone health in a growing patient population. This review explores the advantages and disadvantages of telehealth use for osteoporosis management while highlighting recent studies of clinical importance.
RECENT FINDINGS: A wide variety of telehealth approaches are used today, from phone or video telemedicine appointments with physicians and advanced practice providers, to electronic systems for triage and consultation with osteoporosis specialists. Contemporary studies show that telehealth can facilitate health care access to underserved communities and enhance physician-patient communication, as well as provide patient education. However, barriers such as inexperience or lack of access to technology, suboptimal patient-clinician relationship building process, and difficulties with follow-up have limited the use of telehealth to certain situations.
SUMMARY: Telehealth has proven to be an effective resource for managing and treating osteoporosis patients. As its use continues to grow, important limitations must be accounted for to avoid lapses in care. Further research should keep these factors in mind as the use of this technology progresses.
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