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ID 26414
  Title Rapid deployment of chiropractic telehealth at 2 worksite health centers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Observations from the field
Journal J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2020 Jun;43(5):404.e1-404.e10
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article

Objective: The purpose of this paper is to describe the rapid deployment of telehealth, particularly real time video conference, for chiropractic services as a response to COVID-19.

Methods: Two health centers at 2 campuses of a large California corporation have chiropractic care integrated into physical medicine services. Care was suspended beginning on March 17, 2020 to prevent spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) among patients and staff. On March 19, the Governor of California issued a stay at home order. With musculoskeletal problems being common in the employee patient population, telehealth services were quickly developed to continue chiropractic care for patients. Using existing infrastructure, several members of the health center team developed chiropractic telehealth operations within 2 days.

Results: Musculoskeletal telehealth services included examinations, risk assessment, advice, and rehabilitative exercises. These telehealth visits facilitated care that would have otherwise been unavailable to employees. Patients reported that the appointments were helpful, addressed their concerns, and provided a safe method to see their doctor. Regular interprofessional teamwork and relations between the clinic operator and client company were key contributors to operationalizing this service in our integrated healthcare environment.

Conclusion: We were able to quickly implement real time video conferencing and other forms of telehealth for chiropractic services at 2 worksite health centers. This paper includes information and insights to providers about setting up similar telehealth systems so they may also provide this benefit for patients in their communities during pandemics or disasters.

Author keywords: Chiropractic; Telemedicine; Telecommunications; COVID-19 [Supplementary Concept]; Pandemics

Author affiliations: BNG: Employer Based Integrated Primary Care Health Centers, Stanford Health Care; National University of Health Sciences, San Diego, CA, USA; TVP: Employer Based Integrated Primary Care Health Centers, Stanford Health Care, San Jose, CA, USA; LK: Section Chief - Employer Based Integrated Primary Care Health Centers, Stanford Health Care, Stanford Health Care; Clinical Assistant Professor Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA; JRP: Medical Director - Employer Based Integrated Primary Care Health Centers, Stanford Health Care; Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA.

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