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Erschienen in: memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology 3/2020

01.09.2020 | editorial

Creating the “new normal” post-Coronavirus world—web-communication replacing face-to-face interaction

verfasst von: MD Wolfgang Hilbe, MD, PhD Andreas Pircher, MD Thorsten Füreder, MD Holger Rumpold, MD Eberhard Gunsilius, MD Rupert Bartsch

Erschienen in: memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology | Ausgabe 3/2020

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Many of us shared the same experience in recent months: Sitting in our offices, we realized a dramatic decrease of patient numbers in our outpatient clinics. At the same time, the telephone did not stop ringing. So many patients feared to come to the hospitals, the place where all these terrible stories and images apparently occurred, which were published from so many countries around the world. The governmental strategy to protect the healthcare infrastructure from SARS-CoV‑2 was very successful—maybe even too successful for some patients. We now experience how many haematologic and oncologic patients were negatively affected by delayed diagnosis or treatment [ 1, 2]. An empty or an overcrowded waiting room, what do patients really need, what can be changed to the better, to what extent do we need the direct interaction? The COVID-19 crisis opened a new window of opportunity to rethink our perception of optimal patient care. We should “choose wisely” which recently implemented tools may be beneficial for our patients and our services in the long run. Indeed, virtual follow-up visits may persist even beyond the current SARS-CoV‑2 pandemic. …
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Titel
Creating the “new normal” post-Coronavirus world—web-communication replacing face-to-face interaction
verfasst von
MD Wolfgang Hilbe
MD, PhD Andreas Pircher
MD Thorsten Füreder
MD Holger Rumpold
MD Eberhard Gunsilius
MD Rupert Bartsch
Publikationsdatum
01.09.2020
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology / Ausgabe 3/2020
Print ISSN: 1865-5041
Elektronische ISSN: 1865-5076
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12254-020-00636-7