About this Research Topic
Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented changes in delivery of health care, with many health professionals offering virtual care (telemedicine) to their patients. Much of this care has included both video and audio communication, using a variety of computer-based software platforms. Patients with food allergy have been undergoing such virtual care visits with their allergists and health professionals.
Why it is important: During COVID-19, virtual care has allowed patients of practitioners who have reduced their capacity to see patients in-person to continue to receive care. Once COVID-19 has been sufficiently addressed, virtual care will have an important long-term role for increasing access to patients in under-serviced areas, but evidence supporting it for food allergy is needed.
What is already known: Very little, as much of what is known about the utility of virtual care has been published for medical conditions other than food allergy.
Where the research is heading: In order to justify long-term health care resources (e.g. billing codes) for virtual care in food allergy, we encourage publication of evidence in domains such as safety, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, allergist preferences, barriers, shared decision-making, and cost-effectiveness. Research is needed for both routine virtual food allergy visits as well as specific virtual food allergy procedures such as early peanut introduction for hesitant families, oral food challenges, and oral immunotherapy.
Details for authors: Since virtual care is such a new research topic for food allergy, initial submissions will be predominantly original research articles (full length or short communications). As more original research is published, there will be opportunities for review articles to be submitted. Opinion articles will also be considered.
Keywords: virtual care, food allergy, access, COVID-19, telemedicine, patient care
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