Telehealth and Research in Orthopedics: New Means of Care Invites New Barriers to Evidence
The use of telehealth as a means of evaluating and treating patients with orthopedic conditions has become widespread across multiple institutions and countries [9,16,18]. Although this trend was largely a result of physical distancing requirements as a way to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission [11,16], many have come to observe several benefits of telehealth. Indeed, patient care performed through this medium allows for saved travel time for patients, potentially lower rates of no shows, and the ability to evaluate and care for larger volumes of patients whose treatment was previously delayed by travel and institutional restrictions imposed at the beginning of the pandemic [7,11,21]. However, telehealth has also had negative consequences as it pertains to patient care [8,14].