Telemedicine visits accounted for about 35% of primary care visits between April and June — a huge increase for what prior to 2020 had been a rather obscure mode of delivering care, according to findings published Oct. 2 in JAMA Network Open.
At the same time, office-based visits declined by half compared to the year before, researchers found.
But some people’s heart health probably suffered as a result of this shift, said lead researcher Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, a professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.
The frequency of blood pressure checks on patients dropped by about 50% during the shift to telemedicine, and cholesterol assessments declined by 37%, researchers found.
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