Consultas virtuales en Traumatología y Cirugía Ortopédica

  1. M. González Moreno 1
  2. L.E. Reboso Morales 1
  3. A.Y. Martín Hidalgo 1
  4. H.M. Kesserwan 2
  5. M.Á. García Bello 3
  1. 1 Servicio de Traumatología y Cirugía Ortopédica, Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, España
  2. 2 Centro de Salud Ofra Delicias, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, España
  3. 3 Unidad de Investigación, Hospital Universitario de Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, España
Semergen: revista española de medicina de familia

ISSN: 1138-3593

Year of publication: 2021

Issue: 5

Pages: 305-314

Type: Article


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SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2021
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.204
  • Best Quartile: Q3
  • Area: Family Practice Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 32/53
  • Area: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 470/611

Scopus CiteScore

  • Year 2021
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 0.8
  • Area: Family Practice Percentile: 34
  • Area: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Percentile: 20

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI)

  • Year 2021
  • Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 0.39
  • Best Quartile: Q4
  • Area: PRIMARY HEALTH CARE Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 25/27


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Objective The objective of this study is to analyse the current system of virtual consultations between the levels of Primary and Specialised Care in the field of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery (TOS) in our healthcare area. Material and method A retrospective observational study was carried out on 90 consecutive patients who had a non-face-to-face consultation between 3 January 2017 and 10 February 2017 and subsequently a face-to-face consultation. All the patients belonged to the same healthcare area attached to the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital. The data on the diagnostic orientation, medical history provided and complementary tests were evaluated by 2 observers, one with training in Family and Community Medicine and the other with specialised training in TOS, and compared with those obtained in the final face-to-face assessment. Results The results showed a low inter-judge agreement regarding the diagnostic orientation, anamnesis, exploration and complementary tests provided in the virtual consultation request. It was considered that only 59% for one observer (Family and Community Medicine) and 47.7% for the other (specialised care) had sufficient information for decision-making. Furthermore, 35.2% required more than one face-to-face assessment consultation until diagnosis and in 45.5% it was necessary to request new complementary tests. In 30.7%, there was no concordance in the suggested and final diagnosis. In 51.9%, no therapeutic action other than that carried out by Primary Care was carried out and 34.1% of the patients were referred to the Rehabilitation department. Conclusions The current model of virtual consultations in TOS does not seem adequate to respond to this new healthcare model. The number of unnecessary referrals is very high despite the previous virtual assessment by a specialist in TOS. The Family and Community Medicine specialist should have more diagnostic resources and coordination between Primary and Specialised Care is necessary to determine, in the area of TOS, the type of consultations and conditions for which this system should be implemented to obtain adequate coordination and improve communication between both levels of care.

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