Video visit instead of face-to-face visit in primary care

The increased access to smart phones, tablets, and computers, which enables real-time video communication, has changed the way patients and professionals can interact within primary care. The development of different digital health care services has been rapid in recent years, both on the private health care market, as well as in the public health care regions in Sweden. In the wake of the covid-19 pandemic there has also been an increased demand for and supply of more digital services within the health care sector.

Question

What systematic reviews or scientific studies are there on video conference compared to face-to-face visits in primary care, in terms of diagnostics and treatments?

Identified literature

No relevant systematic review was identified but 87 primary studies (controlled clinical trials) were identified [1-87]. The primary studies were not assessed for risk of bias.

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SBU Enquiry Service Consists of structured literature searches to highlight studies that can address questions received by the SBU Enquiry Service from Swedish healthcare or social service providers. We assess the risk of bias in systematic reviews and when needed also quality and transferability of results in health economic studies. Relevant references are compiled by an SBU staff member, in consultation with an external expert when needed.

Published: 6/3/2021
Report no: ut202111
Registration no: SBU 2020/799