Medscape May 11, 2022
Ken Terry

The increased availability of telemedicine was associated with improved access to primary care for Black patients in 2020, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania.

The study, which used administrative data from 60 primary care clinics in the Penn Medicine system, compared appointment completion rates for Black patients and non-Black patients in 2020 relative to 2019. During 2020, the study found, the significant gap between the two groups’ appointment completion rates consistently narrowed.

The study was published online May 2 in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Prior to the pandemic-related shutdown of many physician practices in March 2020, the study said, Black patients completed 60%-63% of primary care appointments and non-Black patients completed 72%-73% of their appointments. At the...

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