JAMA Pediatrics: Association of Race and Socioeconomic Disadvantage with Missed Telemedicine Visits for Pediatric Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
A study in JAMA Pediatrics revealed that a patient’s level of economic disadvantage was associated with missed telehealth appointments among pediatric patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Higher probability of economic disadvantage was associated with higher no-show rates for telemedicine visits compared to in-person visits. The lack of improvement in clinic attendance via telehealth may reflect the disproportionate COVID-19 pandemic-related stressors experienced by families using public health insurance and residing in communities with higher poverty rates. The Alliance for Connected Care continues to collect data on telehealth utilization including data broken down by various demographics.