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ENT from afar: opportunities for remote patient assessment, clinical management, teaching and learning
  • Mahmood Bhutta,
  • De Wet Swanepoel,
  • Johannes Fagan
Mahmood Bhutta
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
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De Wet Swanepoel
University of Pretoria
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Johannes Fagan
Groote Schuur Hospital Department of Otolaryngology
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Abstract

Remote communication in ENT has been expanding, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Conferences and teaching have moved online, enabling easier participation, and reducing financial and environmental costs. Online multi-disciplinary meetings have recently been instigated in Africa to discuss management of cases in head and neck cancer, or cochlear implantation, expanding access and enhancing patient care. Remote patient consultation has also seen an explosion, but existing literature suggests some caution, particularly because many patients in ENT need an examination to enable definitive diagnosis. Ongoing experience and more research is needed to better understand how remote communication will fit into our future working lives, both during and after the pandemic.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

18 Mar 2021Submitted to Clinical Otolaryngology
19 Mar 2021Submission Checks Completed
19 Mar 2021Assigned to Editor
23 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
23 Mar 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
24 Mar 20211st Revision Received
25 Mar 2021Submission Checks Completed
25 Mar 2021Assigned to Editor
28 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
28 Mar 2021Editorial Decision: Accept