The feasibility and efficacy of adjunct telehealth visits with movement disorders

Telehealth, which provides a means for long-distance clinical care, holds immense promise as a patient-centered care delivery model.  This model has the potential to improve access to care in resource-limited settings (e.g., rural areas with few specialty providers) and for patients with limited mobility, transportation barriers, lack of caregivers and low funds.  It may also improve the efficiency of a healthcare encounter by improving the timeliness and flexibility of visits.  However, there are still several barriers to its widespread implementation.  Beck and colleagues, through a randomized-controlled trial, test the feasibility and efficacy of adjunct telehealth visits with a movement disorders specialist compared to standard of care (as planned neurology visits) among participants with Parkinson’s disease to address one of these barriers.  Namely, how does telehealth compare to what we currently do?

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