Practical Guidance for Early Identification of Barriers in Surgical Telehealth Clinics

Ann Surg. 2021 Jun 1;273(6):e268-e270. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004633.


Early identification of and response to barriers in telehealth settings will help patients receive optimal care. Here, the authors, based on institutional experience, provide advice on such strategies. This guidance focuses on standardizing expectations, assessing technological knowledge and resource access, evaluating understanding and comfort with telehealth, and assessing social support.

MeSH terms

  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative*
  • Telemedicine*
  • Time Factors