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La discusión de casos por videoconferencia mejora la eficiencia de la consulta externa de Cirugía Torácica

Autores: Novoa, N. (Autor de correspondencia); Gómez-Hernández, M. T.; Rodríguez Pérez, María; Jiménez-López, M. F.; Aranda, J.; Díez-Fernández, F.; Hernández-Hernández, J.; Varela, G.
ISSN: 0300-2896
Volumen: 52
Número: 11
Páginas: 549 - 552
Fecha de publicación: 2016
Objective: The aim of this study is analysing the impact of the systematic versus occasional videoconferencing discussion of patients with two respiratory referral units along 6 years of time over the efficiency of the in-person outpatient clinics of a thoracic surgery service. Method: Retrospective and comparative study of the evaluated patients through videoconferencing and in-person first visits during two equivalents periods of time: Group A (occasional discussion of cases) between 2008-2010 and Group B (weekly regular discussion) 2011-2013. Data were obtained from two prospective and electronic data bases. The number of cases discussed using e-consultation, in-person outpatient clinics evaluation and finally operated on under general anaesthesia in each period of time are presented. For efficiency criteria, the index: number of operated on cases/number of first visit outpatient clinic patients is created. Non-parametric Wilcoxon test is used for comparison. Results: The mean number of patients evaluated at the outpatient clinics/year on group A was 563 versus 464 on group B. The median number of cases discussed using videoconferencing/year was 42 for group A versus 136 for group B. The mean number of operated cases/first visit at the outpatient clinics was 0.7 versus 0.87 in group B (P=.04). Conclusions: The systematic regular discussion of cases using videoconferencing has a positive impact on the efficacy of the outpatient clinics of a Thoracic Surgery Service measured