New tools launched for remote respiratory consultations

22 Jan 2021

We have launched a new desktop helper and accompanying infographic today.

The new tool is based on a review of the available evidence and three meetings with primary healthcare professionals and patients from low-, middle-, and high-income countries who shared their experiences.

The two-page summary provides an overview of when and where remote respiratory consultations could be used and practical advice on how to deliver them. It includes recommendations on how to triage patients on the phone, a checklist for both patients and healthcare professionals, examples of app-based technology that could be used and useful tests that can be done remotely.

Hilary Pinnock, from IPCRG, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has promoted remote consultations from occasional use to first-line contact for almost all consultations. Many people have appreciated their convenience and we anticipate both face to face and remote consultations will become a normal part of our respiratory care in the future. However, once the pandemic recedes, colleagues will want to know how to achieve a good balance, and to include remote consultations as a safe and effective option in their clinical care.”

This new desktop helper and accompanying infographic suggest when remote consultations work best, how to prepare for them and things to consider during and after the consultation. 

This desktop helper was supported by Boehringer Ingelheim regarding the development, typesetting, printing and associated costs but they did not contribute to the content of this document.


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