2021 Spanish Society of Hypertension position statement about telemedicine

T. Gijón-Conde, E. Rubio, M. Gorostidi, E. Vinyoles, P. Armario, E. Rodilla, J. Segura, J. A. Divisón-Garrote, J. A. García-Donaire, A. Molinero, L. M. Ruilope

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Abstract

The pandemic caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) has forced, in many cases, to replace face-to-face consultation with the telematic consultation, in order to reduce the risk of contagion associated with the presence of patients in health centers. This change may represent an opportunity for a different and more effective communication between professionals and patients, allowing better accessibility to medical care and more systematic and comprehensive approach to patients with hypertension and cardiovascular risk. However, organizational tools are needed to facilitate communication between patients and professionals, specifically with the exchange of clinical data by remote monitoring of variables associated with hypertension and cardiovascular risk (blood pressure, weight, height, blood tests…), and allow monitoring of adherence to treatments, lifestyles and risk factors. It would be desirable for this to be carried out by multidisciplinary teams, both from primary care, hospital and community pharmacy, with an adequate coordination of care. This document of the Spanish Society of Hypertension (SEH-LELHA) tries to give the keys to improve the quality of care of telematic consultations of patients with hypertension and cardiovascular risk, provide basic criteria of telematic or face to face attention and systematize their content. Likewise, the follow-up criteria are proposed by the different professionals.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHipertension y Riesgo Vascular
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StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

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