Keeping up with wellness checks while staying home

Posted at 5:00 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 06:01:05-04

Now, more than ever, it is important to make sure you stay up on you wellness checks.

"Technology is really easy to use and many patients are really getting comfortable with the technology of talking through a screen," Dr. Kathryn Strother, a Family Physician with Lourdes Physician Group, said. "I had a 90-year-old patient do it last week."

Strother said her visits with patients are just as thorough as they would be if they were in person at her office.

"We are held to the same standard of care with our medical assessments as we would be if we were seeing them in person," Strother explained. "We are careful to assess ahead of time who is appropriate for video visits."

Because we do not know how long this will last, Strother said, it is important to keep for those who are not "well controlled" to keep up with scheduled visits.

"So, for example, a diabetic decides that they'll reschedule an appointment when all of this is said and done," Strother started. "We don't know how long this will be in place. The diabetic patients that I manage, I really want them to stay on top of their blood sugars and have that point of contact with me. Even if it's through screen like this with you, that I'm looking at their numbers, that they're reporting to me that I ate this and this was blood sugar, and medication. A lot can be accomplished through a conversation."

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