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Disparities in the Uptake of Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Surge in a Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Population by Patient Demographic Characteristics and Socioeconomic Status

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During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, outpatient clinics were shut down to stem virus spread. Before COVID-19, Henry Ford Health System (Detroit, Michigan) used telemedicine within limited subsets of patients. After Henry Ford Health System clinics closed on March 17, 2020, the need to continue care necessitated a rapid adaptation of telemedicine. This presented an opportunity for widespread telemedicine use within the multidisciplinary head and neck oncology team. The purpose of this article is to describe the associations between patient demographic characteristics and socioeconomic disparities and the engagement in telemedicine during the pandemic.

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Article Information

Accepted for Publication: September 11, 2020.

Published Online: November 5, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.3052

Corresponding Author: Samantha Tam, MD, MPH, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Henry Ford Health System and Henry Ford Cancer Institute, 2799 W Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202 (stam2@hfhs.org).

Author Contributions: Dr Tam had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Concept and design: Tam, Wu, Williams, Sheqwara, Siddiqui, Chang.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Tam, Williams, Girgis, Sheqwara, Chang.

Drafting of the manuscript: Tam, Williams, Sheqwara, Chang.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.

Statistical analysis: Tam, Sheqwara, Chang.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Williams, Girgis, Chang.

Supervision: Williams, Siddiqui, Chang.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Siddiqui reported personal fees from Varian Medical Systems outside the submitted work. No other disclosures were reported.

References
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Physicians and other clinicians: CMS flexibilities to fight COVID-19. Accessed July 14, 2020. https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-19-physicians-and-practitioners.pdf.
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