As with clinicians around the world, rheumatologists in Latin America have seen drastic changes since the pandemic began. In-person appointments have become less frequent, telehealth visits have increased, and many patients and providers have had to readjust treatment plans.
New Data on Rheumatology in Latin America
A recent study published in The Journal of Rheumatology offers a closer look at these trends. Surveyed rheumatologists reported that:
The survey included 1,097 rheumatologists from across Latin America who are members of the Pan American League of Rheumatology Associations.
Telehealth, Access & Adapting to Pandemic Conditions
As the results suggest, telehealth played an important role in allowing for continued medical care during the pandemic. Virtual appointments could not, however, address all the complexities of providing treatment during a pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on rheumatology practice in Latin America, challenging both clinicians and patients. Clinicians had to find new ways of providing treatment for their patients while also balancing the mitigation of COVID-19.
As COVID-19 infections continue to strain Latin America’s communities and health care systems, new and adaptive practices will continue to play an important role in ensuring that patients can access and maintain the care they need.