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Parkinson's disease and Covid-19: The effect and use of telemedicine

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCovid-19 and Parkinsonism
EditorsK Ray Chaudhuri, Mayela Rodríguez-Violante, Angelo Antonini, Iro Boura, Iro Boura
PublisherACADEMIC PRESS INC
Pages263-281
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780323991735
DOIs
Accepted/In press2022
PublishedJan 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Review of Neurobiology
Volume165
ISSN (Print)0074-7742
ISSN (Electronic)2162-5514

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Abstract

As a result of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic the use of telemedicine and remote assessments for patients has increased exponentially, enabling healthcare professionals to reduce the need for in-person clinical visits and, consequently, reduce the exposure to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). This development has been aided by increased guidance on digital health technologies and cybersecurity measures, as well as reimbursement options within healthcare systems. Having been able to continue to connect with people with Parkinson's Disease (PwP, PD) has been crucial, since many saw their symptoms worsen over the pandemic. Inspite of the success of telemedicine, sometimes even enabling delivery of treatment and research, further validation and a unified framework are necessary to measure the true benefit to both clinical outcomes and health economics. Moreover, the use of telemedicine seems to have been biased towards people from a white background, those with higher education, and reliable internet connections. As such, efforts should be pursued by being inclusive of all PwP, regardless of geographical area and ethnic background. In this chapter, we describe the effect he Covid-19 pandemic has had on the use of telemedicine for care and research in people with PD, the limiting factors for further rollout, and how telemedicine might develop further.

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