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Beit Issie Shapiro publishes report on ’Telehealth’ for Allied Health Professions during the Coronavirus Outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the digital way of living and like all other sectors, healthcare has had to adapt to this. The Beit Issie Shapiro organisation has published a report on the advantages and disadvantages faced by allied health professionals in the provision remote treatment. During the COVID-19 pandemic these professionals became extremely reliant on technology to provide effective treatment to their clients.

To read the full report, click here.

This global study was started to explore how allied health professionals adapted and managed their professional practice to address their clients' needs during COVID-19 induced lockdowns. The report speThe report provides perspectives of health professionals on the switch to online treatment across three disciplines: physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), and speech, voice and language therapists (SVLTs).

The findings of this report would help curate better online tools and training programmes for allied health care professionals in providing virtual treatment to their clients. Some of the interesting results from the questionnaires submitted to a variety of health professionals included the fact that the usage of online tools like Zoom went up tremendously. Regarding the future of telehealth, the health professionals believe that though it has been useful, they would probably stop using it after the pandemic comes to an end.

The report ends with some useful recommendation, one of which suggests that further research on a hybrid model of therapy that combines telehealth with face-to-face therapy is necessary and can be useful for the healthcare sector.