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Would You Add Video Exams to Your Asthma Care?

I saw a reference to this study on the news. Interesting concept. Sometimes it's hard to get to see a specialist, especially in rural areas.

The study had a small size and high dropout rate, but the lead study author said, "We were able to demonstrate that quality of care and outcomes were the same when children were seen by either method."

Do you think video exams would be a beneficial component of your own asthma care if they were available?

Children with asthma who live miles from specialists might do just as well when doctors treat them via video chats as they do when they visit physicians in person, a small experiment suggests.

Researchers offered kids who lived approximately 70 to 150 miles away from Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, a choice between going there for asthma care or getting checked out with virtual exams at clinics close to home.

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  • K8sMom2002

    Hmh … I had a friend of ours who had a skin cancer diagnosed with telemedicine, and a doctor I knew who was very interested in increasing access to healthcare in rural areas was big on telemedicine. 

    I think it's going to take a lot of different pieces of the puzzle to help get folks the access to healthcare that they need. 

  • Jen

    I know some people who have used telemedicine for various issues.  I do think it could help people access care they might not access otherwise – whether it's for checkups or more acute issues.