By: Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, March 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Telemedicine was widely used by Americans with multiple sclerosis (MS) during the pandemic, and many were happy with the results, a new study finds.
“The findings suggest that telehealth services were well liked during the pandemic. Because many individuals with MS have physical disability that may make travel more difficult, temporary expansions of telehealth coverage should be made permanent after the pandemic in order to expand access and reduce health care disparities,” said lead author Michelle Chen. She is a core member of Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, and neurology instructor at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.
MS is a chronic and progressive neurological disorder and the leading cause of non-injury-related disability among young and middle-aged adults.
People with MS require regular medical care, so health care providers were concerned about how medical facility closures and social distancing measures during the early stages of the pandemic would affect the health of their MS patients.
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