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Telemedicine for Otolaryngology: Challenges, Opportunities, Limitations, and the Impact of COVID-19

Version 1 : Received: 21 April 2022 / Approved: 26 April 2022 / Online: 26 April 2022 (13:02:00 CEST)

How to cite: Langlie, J.; Finberg, A.; Griff, J.; Mittal, R.; A. Eshraghi, A. Telemedicine for Otolaryngology: Challenges, Opportunities, Limitations, and the Impact of COVID-19. Preprints 2022, 2022040243 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202204.0243.v1). Langlie, J.; Finberg, A.; Griff, J.; Mittal, R.; A. Eshraghi, A. Telemedicine for Otolaryngology: Challenges, Opportunities, Limitations, and the Impact of COVID-19. Preprints 2022, 2022040243 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202204.0243.v1).

Abstract

Objectives: As institutions modified medical practices to mitigate the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, providers were forced to modify care through the implementation of telemedicine. The objective of this article is to review the current practices of otolaryngology during the COVID-19 pandemic and the limitations of telemedicine in current practice. Methods: A thorough review of the PubMed and MEDLINE databases was performed for publications between 2020 and 2021. Studies discussing telemedicine in otolaryngology during COVID-19 pandemic were selected. Results: As worldwide cases of COVID-19 continue to oscillate, we must continue to be vigilant in our clinical practice, implementing safe techniques to mitigate the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus through the continual use of telemedicine in all specialties of otolaryngology. Trends of increased patient acceptance of the use of telemedicine have been seen across subspecialities, including otolaryngology. Conclusion: Currently there are challenges associated with the implementation of telemedicine in the field of otolaryngology that rely heavily on adjunct physical examination, imaging studies, and specialty procedures. However, telemedicine has tremendous potential and can be adapted to include in the otolaryngologist’s toolbelt during public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords

telemedicine; otolaryngology; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; virtual healthcare

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Other

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