Transitioning to telehealth during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: Perspectives from partners of women with cystic fibrosis and healthcare providers

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Objectives: Cystic fibrosis is a chronic, genetic disease that primarily affects the respiratory system. The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has altered how people with cystic fibrosis receive healthcare. This paper explores the perceptions of cystic fibrosis healthcare providers and partners of women with cystic fibrosis regarding the use of telehealth in routine cystic fibrosis healthcare in the US. Methods: As part of a larger study examining fertility counseling for women with cystic fibrosis, we conducted qualitative, semi-structured interviews. Participants included partners of women with cystic fibrosis (n = 20) and cystic fibrosis healthcare providers (n = 20). We completed the interviews before and during the global coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. We analyzed the data using thematic analysis. Results: When in-person healthcare could not be achieved safely, partners and healthcare providers found new value in telehealth. Three themes emerged: (1) increased connection between healthcare team and family, (2) increased efficiency of healthcare appointments, and (3) improved interdisciplinary collaboration. Partners found that telehealth allowed for more engagement in their significant others’ healthcare. Providers reported enhanced efficiency and opportunities for collaboration across specialties that improved healthcare delivery and care coordination. Discussion: Results from this study highlighted the positive value of telehealth. Telehealth presents as a potential alternative to delivering outpatient care for people with chronic illnesses beyond the pandemic
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  • Chronic Illness  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Corcoran J; Marley Campbell C; Ladores S