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Assessment of surgical teleconsultations in a developing country: two years of experience in Djibouti


, : Assessment of surgical teleconsultations in a developing country: two years of experience in Djibouti. Medecine et Sante Tropicales 22(4): 405-408

Our objective was to assess the influence of teleconsultations on patient management and clinical outcomes in a developing country. All the surgical teleconsultations by a single surgeon (orthopedist) between November 2009 and November 2011 were recorded. Neurosurgery and pediatric orthopedics were the two most important specialities most often concerned, accounting for 67% of the 157 teleconsultations for 138 patients. The teleconsultations resolved the diagnostic uncertainties in 29 of 37 cases (78%). Advice from the expert modified management in 69% cases. Clinical outcomes were good or very good in 86% of the treated patients. This study establishes the feasibility and usefulness of surgical teleconsultations in Djibouti.

US$19.90

PMID: 23353005

DOI: 10.1684/mst.2012.0112


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