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During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing recommendations have necessitated a change to the way health care is being delivered. Telehealth appointments – particularly video visits – are allowing providers see their patients when coming into the clinic isn't an option.
While video appointments have been used for several years by physicians for post-operative and medical specialty follow-up appointments, most patients have not experienced video-based visits.
"Understandably, many patients are nervous the first time they have a telehealth visit, especially if they are not comfortable with technology. But just like an in-person visit, there are things you can do to have a successful visit," says Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic family medicine physician.
Dr. Ardon offers her top four tips to maximize a video visit with your health care provider.
Dr. Ardon believes video visits will continue to grow in popularity. "Video is a valuable way for us to care for patients and limit exposure. I think we will likely see video consults become more popular even after the pandemic," she says.
Learn more about how Mayo Clinic has prepared to welcome new and established patients with face-to-face, phone and video visits.
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