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Telemedicine Center of Korean Medicine for treating patients with COVID-19: a retrospective analysis

Integrative Medicine Research 2020년 9권 3호 p.16 ~ 16
김동수, 추홍민, 민백기, 문영주, 박성준, 김광호, 박신혁, 김영돈, 송미덕, 최건희, 이은경,
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김동수 ( Kim Dong-Su ) - Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine KM Policy Research Center
추홍민 ( Chu Hong-Min ) - Wonkwang University Gwangju Korean Medicine Hospital
민백기 ( Min Baek-Ki ) - National Medical Center Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine
문영주 ( Moon Young-Joo ) - Bucheon Jaseng Korean Medicine Hospital Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine
박성준 ( Park Seong-Jun ) - Wonkwang University College of Korean Medicine Department of Meridian & Acupoint
김광호 ( Kim Kwang-Ho ) - Wonkwang University Gwangju Korean Medicine Hospital
박신혁 ( Park Shin-Hyeok ) - Wonkwang University College of Korean Medicine
김영돈 ( Kim Young-Don ) - Wonkwang University College of Korean Medicine
송미덕 ( Song Mi-Deok ) - Association of Korean Medicine Department of Academic Affairs
최건희 ( Choi Gun-Hee ) - Association of Korean Medicine Medical/Information and Communications Affairs
이은경 ( Lee Eun-Kyoung ) - Association of Korean Medicine Research Institute of Korean Medicine Policy

Abstract


Background: Since January 2020, novel coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) ? infected pneumonia (COVID-19) rapidly spread in Korea. This study aimed to introduce the Korean Medicine (KM) telemedicine center for treatment of COVID patients in Korea.

Methods: This work was a retrospective review of medical records on patients who received at least one telemedicine session from March 9, 2020 to April 12, 2020 provided by the COVID-19 telemedicine center of Korean Medicine. Data on demographic characteristics, treatment frequency, number of consultation were collected. A descriptive statistical analysis was conducted to report characteristics of patients.

Results: A total of 1742 patients underwent consultation through KM telemedicine centers. Despite the rapid increase in the number of patients, the telemedicine center provided treatments to an average of 192 patients per day by about an average of 15 doctors. Furthermore, 4552 herbal medicines were prescribed through telemedicine center, among which 1366 cases (30%) being Qing-Fei-Pai-Du-tang. Telemedicine care also has shown that even with patient's residence transition, medical care can be continued without pause.

Conclusion: These results show some advantages of the telemedicine center's implementation in terms of the effective use of medical resources and continuous treatment for patients.

키워드

Telemedicine; Korean Medicine Center; COVID-19; Pandemic outbreaks

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