Do I really need to see my doctor? A changing paradigm in the physician-patient relationship in the time of COVID-19 and telehealth

Fertile Battle

VOLUME 117, ISSUE 4, P688-689


Ruben Alvero, M.D.


We can all remember the day in early March 2020 when we realized that the world as we knew it was about to change. Meetings were held, decisions were made, treatment cycles were canceled, scores of patients were notified, and new protocols were developed on the fly. One of the apparently easiest decisions made was to ramp up the telemedicine platforms to safely continue patient care without having to physically bring individuals into clinic. In support of this effort, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Coronavirus/COVID-19 Task Force, in Update #1, published the following statement as item #5 of its principal recommendations: Minimize in-person interactions and increase utilization of telehealth (1).

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