Requirements for tele-health in children with obstetric brachial plexus palsy during Covid-19-like situations

Delioglu K., Ozal C., Biyik K. S., Unes S., Tuncdemir M., Uzumcugil A., ...More

HAND SURGERY & REHABILITATION, vol.41, no.1, pp.78-84, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.hansur.2021.09.009
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.78-84
  • Keywords: Tele-health, Tele-rehabilitation, Family, Brachial plexus, Birth injuries, INJURY
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of the study was to investigate families' concerns and service requirements during the Covid-19 lockdown. In case of tele-consultation, we also aimed to assess the effects of this service on coping and the family's worries. At end of lockdown, we contacted the parents of 67 obstetric brachial plexus palsy patients (0-10 years age) by e-mail. During lockdown, 42 of the families had had a teleconsultation with our team, while 25 reported that not receiving any service. A questionnaire consisting of 6 questions was sent to the families, and data were analyzed according to 4 age-groups. Parents' concerns varied according to the children's age group (p = 0.001). All families replied that their children should receive remote services during Covid-19-like situations (p = 0.173). Parents of the 42 children who had tele-consultations reported that this had alleviated their worries, independently of age-group (p = 0.160). The usefulness of tele-consultation to manage the lockdown situation differed according to age-group (p = 0.002). The parents of under-3-year-olds experienced more worry during lockdown, but all respondents reported needing remote services. Although the tele-consultation alleviated the worries of almost all families, it was most useful in managing lockdown in families with under-3-year-olds. (C) 2021 SFCM. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.