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Telemedicine may increase visit completion rates in postpartum patients with preeclampsia

HumanInsight Telemedicine may increase visit completion rates in postpartum patients with preeclampsia

PLoS One. 2022 Oct 21;17(10):e0275741. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0275741. eCollection 2022.


Postpartum cardiovascular (CV) evaluation of women with preeclampsia is recommended to screen for and treat modifiable risk factors to reduce lifetime CV risk. However, attendance at in-person postpartum obstetric and cardiology clinic visits is low. The aim of this study was to compare the completion rate of new patient telemedicine visits to in-person office visits for patients with preeclampsia referred for postpartum hypertension management and CV risk assessment at a single center. There were 236 unique new patient visits scheduled during the study period. The average age was 30.3 years, 73.7% patients were Black, and 56.7% had Medicaid insurance. The completion rate was 32% for in-person clinic visits and 70% for telemedicine visits. Women who did not complete an office visit were more likely to be Black (87% vs. 56%, p < 0.01) and younger (29.1 vs. 31.4 years, p = 0.04) compared to those who completed a visit. Notably, this difference was not seen with telemedicine visits. Telemedicine may provide a novel opportunity to improve the care for blood pressure management and CV risk reduction in a vulnerable population at risk of premature CV disease.

PMID:36269782 | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0275741

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