McKnight's September 2, 2022
John Roszkowski

Telehealth use increased significantly at nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but more training and increased staffing are needed to improve it, a new study has found.

Researchers from the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing and Columbia University School of Nursing investigated the implementation of telehealth in nursing homes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They conducted a secondary analysis of data from a national survey of more than 200 nursing home administrators to explore changes in telehealth use in two consecutive years between 2019-2021. They then conducted semi-structured interviews with administrators and clinicians to assess differences in implementation, based on the extent of telehealth use.

Overall, the study found that 64% of nursing homes reported higher telehealth use in...

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