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Patient experiences with a remote monitoring pathway for COVID-19

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posted on 2022-08-11, 08:48 authored by Courtney Cheng, Karishma Manji, Lora Appel, Christopher Smith

Introduction: Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a remote monitoring pathway was developed at Michael Garron Hospital to allow individuals with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 infection to successfully manage their illness at home. This study aims to understand patients' experiences on this remote monitoring pathway and to investigate the effectiveness of the pathway in preventing unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits and detecting severe infection.

Methods: A total of 35 semi-structured interviews were conducted over the phone. Researchers reviewed transcripts to come up with an index of nodes. Two researchers initially coded the same four transcripts to ensure high inter-rater reliability. The remaining 31 transcripts were coded by one researcher.

Results: Of patients, 80% (n = 28) had a positive experience on the pathway. Remote monitoring was effective in reassuring 22.9% of patients (n = 8) with mild-moderate symptoms that their symptoms were not significant enough to go to the ED and they were monitored at home. A total of 8.6% of patients (n = 3) were correctly identified as having severe symptoms while on the pathway and were asked to present to the hospital. For 8.6% of patients (n = 3), remote monitoring did not identify their severe COVID-19 illness. Of patients, 2.9% (n = 1) were incorrectly identified as having severe COVID-19 symptoms when they were clinically well.

Discussion: Remote monitoring is an effective tool to optimize healthcare resources during a pandemic. It reduces ER visits and provides a means for routine follow-up while minimizing virus exposure. Patients generally had a positive experience; however, more research needs to be done on optimizing the detection of severe infection.

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Cheng C, Manji K, Appel L, Smith C. Patient experiences with a remote monitoring pathway for COVID-19. Cureus. 2022;14(6):e26263.

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23 June 2022

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35911331

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  • Undergraduate Research

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Cureus, Inc.

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  • Published Version (Version of Record)

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