Evaluation of Families’ Views on Disease Management by Applying Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Families Satisfaction with Ketogenic Diet Therapy Management with Telemedicine
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Keywords:Telemedicine, ketogenic diet therapy, drug-resistant epilepsy, childhood, parent
The Coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic has led to the spread of telemedicine management of ketogenic diet therapy (KDT) in children with drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE). In this study, we evaluated the views and satisfaction of families about telemedicine and KDT management. Families of 25 children who underwent KDT for DRE were included in the 17-item questionnaire. Nearly half of the families had a primary education level. Most children with DRE were in the process of maintaining KDT. 88% of the families were applying KDT with telemedicine due to the pandemic. 60% of families found it difficult to start KDT via telemedicine, but 96% reported that reaching the KDT team via telemedicine was sufficient. The necessity of laboratory analyzes and evaluation of the results of the KDT team was evaluated as good in 72%, and their response when dietary changes or vitamin addition was required was evaluated as good in 68%. All families were satisfied with the management of the KDT team in emergencies. 60% of the family recommended others to follow the KDT with telemedicine at all times and 40% recommended them during the pandemic period. According to the results of our study, in selecting patients who will be started with telemedicine and KDT, it should be noted that the families have sufficient education levels. The use of the telemedicine method may be a good option in the presence of an experienced and trained team in KDT management.
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