Telemedicine may increase visit completion rates in postpartum patients with preeclampsia

Monika Sanghavi, Elizabeth Packard, Santina Sperling, Lauren A. Eberly, Marietta Ambrose, Howard M. Julien, Adi Hirshberg, Sri Adusumalli, Jennifer Lewey

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Abstract

Postpartum cardiovascular (CV) evaluation of women with preeclampsia is recommended to screen for and treat modifiable risk factors to reduce lifetime CV risk. However, attendance at in-person postpartum obstetric and cardiology clinic visits is low. The aim of this study was to compare the completion rate of new patient telemedicine visits to in-person office visits for patients with preeclampsia referred for postpartum hypertension management and CV risk assessment at a single center. There were 236 unique new patient visits scheduled during the study period. The average age was 30.3 years, 73.7% patients were Black, and 56.7% had Medicaid insurance. The completion rate was 32% for in-person clinic visits and 70% for telemedicine visits. Women who did not complete an office visit were more likely to be Black (87% vs. 56%, p < 0.01) and younger (29.1 vs. 31.4 years, p = 0.04) compared to those who completed a visit. Notably, this difference was not seen with telemedicine visits. Telemedicine may provide a novel opportunity to improve the care for blood pressure management and CV risk reduction in a vulnerable population at risk of premature CV disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0275741
JournalPloS one
Volume17
Issue number10 October
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

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