The COVID-19 pandemic phase observed children attending virtual school, holidays over Zoom, which became norms, however, the results of a national poll have highlighted another trend of children seeing doctors virtually. The results state that one in five parents say their child had a virtual health visit over the past year for either check-ups, minor illnesses, mental health, or a follow-up – a marked increase in remote care for children. And while some parents still have reservations about using telemedicine for their kids, the majority were satisfied with the experience, suggest findings from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan. Factors impacting virtual care for kids One strong factor for the increase in pediatric video visits may be that it was the only choice for some parents during much of the COVID-19 pandemic. Around half of the parents whose child used telemedicine weren’t provided with an in-person option, as providers limited office visits due to safety concerns for families and healthcare teams. Instead, many either began to offer or expanded their capacity for pediatric virtual care. For one in three parents who chose virtual care, however, safety and reducing exposure to the virus was the primary reason. Another third of parents chose virtual visits for convenience. Still, some parents remain hesitant about using telemedicine for children, citing factors such as technical issues. Parents should try virtual visits to gauge whether they feel that the provider can understand the child’s symptoms or condition, and are comfortable asking questions in the virtual format.
May 19, 2021, 04:30AM ISTSource: ANI