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Nima Sadeghi, Piet Eelen, Nagels, Guy, Corinne Cuvelier, Katinka Van Gils, Marie D'hooghe, Jeroen Van Schependom, Miguel D'haeseleer

Journal of Personalized Medicine

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The 'coronavirus disease of 2019' crisis has recently forced an expedited adoption of teleconsultation (TC) in most medical domains. Short-term digital interventions have generally been associated with feasibility, clinical benefits, user satisfaction, and cost-effectiveness in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) but outcomes after repeated utilization over extended periods need to be further evaluated. In this feasibility study, 60 subjects with MS were 1:1 randomized to receive standard care augmented by four TCs using an audiovisual Internet platform (intervention) versus standard care alone (controls), over a period of 12 months. Effects on functional status, medical costs, and satisfaction were explored as secondary outcomes. Eighty-nine out of 108 scheduled TCs (82.4%) were completed, and 26 patients could complete at least one TC (86.7%), meeting our prespecified feasibility target of 80%. The intervention did not lead to significant differences in functional status (with the potential exception of fatigue) nor medical costs. Most interventional patients declared themselves to be (very) satisfied about the quality of care and technical aspects associated with the TCs. Our results demonstrate that longitudinal clinical monitoring using real-time audiovisual TC over the Internet is feasible and well-received by patients with MS. Such an approach can be a promising new care strategy.

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