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Application of Telehealth in Prenatal Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic - A Cross-Sectional Survey of Polish Women

Version 1 : Received: 19 April 2021 / Approved: 5 May 2021 / Online: 5 May 2021 (10:32:26 CEST)

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Jakubowski, D.; Sys, D.; Kajdy, A.; Lewandowska, R.; Kwiatkowska, E.; Cymbaluk-Płoska, A.; Rabijewski, M.; Torbé, A.; Kwiatkowski, S. Application of Telehealth in Prenatal Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic—A Cross-Sectional Survey of Polish Women. J. Clin. Med. 2021, 10, 2570. Jakubowski, D.; Sys, D.; Kajdy, A.; Lewandowska, R.; Kwiatkowska, E.; Cymbaluk-Płoska, A.; Rabijewski, M.; Torbé, A.; Kwiatkowski, S. Application of Telehealth in Prenatal Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic—A Cross-Sectional Survey of Polish Women. J. Clin. Med. 2021, 10, 2570.

Journal reference: J. Clin. Med. 2021, 10, 2570
DOI: 10.3390/jcm10122570

Abstract

To reduce the risk of infection of SARS-CoV-2 during the commute to the clinic or due to the contact with medical staff, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended ar-ranging part of the appointments in the form of “telehealth”. The aim of the study was to assess the access to medical care in pregnancy during the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic and the role of telehealth in implementation of prenatal care standards. This is a cross-sectional study. The study group in-cluded 618 women that were pregnant and or gave birth during the COVID-19 pandemic in Poland. The majority of participants experienced difficulties in access to medical care because of the pandemic. Correlation between this experience and the use of hybrid healthcare model was es-tablished. However, affiliation to public or private healthcare group was irrelevant. There was no relationship between healthcare (private/public or in-person/hybrid) and implementation of the prenatal care standards. To ensure safe access to prenatal care for pregnant women, recommen-dations for a hybrid pregnancy management model should be created with detailed information for which appointments patients must be present and which can be done remotely. To reduce movement risk and interpersonal contact, all visits during which tests and screenings take place should be done in-person. Other appointments can be arranged in the form of telehealth

Keywords

SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; Prenatal Care; Standard of Care; Telemedicine; Cross-Sectional Studies; Poland

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