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June 18, 2020

Grasping What We Cannot Touch: Examining the Telemedicine Patient

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online June 18, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.1266

The advent of the telemedicine era has been marked by uncertainty as otolaryngologists across the globe attempt to integrate this promising yet uncharted paradigm into clinical practice. Certain aspects of the health care encounter may translate in obvious ways to telemedicine, such as obtaining a subjective history, reviewing laboratory and imaging results, providing health-related counseling, and formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan. Less obvious is the means by which a physical examination can be performed when the patient is not physically present with the examiner.

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