Telemedicine allows healthcare specialists, such as neurologists, to see patients anywhere using an audio-visual link over the Internet. Pioneered in the United States, telemedicine is particularly valuable for people in remote areas or places with sparse healthcare facilities. This can make appointments more convenient and accessible, particularly for anyone with mobility problems or those who would otherwise have a considerable journey to make. Some people have said that prefer telemedicine because they feel more relaxed consulting a specialist in the comfort of their own homes.
A study in 20171 involving nearly 200 people with Parkinson's across a one-year period suggests that telemedicine can be just as effective as care received in hospitals or doctors’ surgeries. This approach is being further explored to potentially provide more accessible and efficient Parkinson's care.
- National randomized controlled trial of virtual house calls for Parkinson disease. Neurology 2017 Sep. Vol 89 (11); 1152-1161
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