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World J Orthop. Jan 18, 2021; 12(1): 24-34
Published online Jan 18, 2021. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v12.i1.24
Hello, can you hear me? Orthopaedic clinic telephone consultations in the COVID-19 era- a patient and clinician perspective
Anuhya Vusirikala, David Ensor, Ajay K Asokan, Alvin JX Lee, Ravi Ray, Dimitrios Tsekes, John Edwin
Anuhya Vusirikala, David Ensor, Ajay K Asokan, Ravi Ray, Dimitrios Tsekes, John Edwin, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Basildon University Hospital, Basildon SS16 5NL, Essex, United Kingdom
Alvin JX Lee, Medical Oncology, UCL Cancer Institute, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom
Author contributions: Vusirikala A and Ensor D performed a literature search, created the data collection proformas, collected the data, wrote the manuscript; Asokan AK collected the data, interpreted the data and wrote the results section; Lee AJX performed statistical analysis on the data; Ray R and Tsekes D edited the manuscript; Edwin J designed the study, provided guidance on data collection proformas, edited the manuscript; all authors provided final approval for the paper to be published.
Institutional review board statement: This study was reviewed by the Research and Ethics Committee at the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who felt this study did not require ethical approval.
Informed consent statement: All subjects involved in the study gave their informed consent verbally.
Conflict-of-interest statement: None of the authors had any conflicts of interest to declare.
Data sharing statement: Technical appendix, statistical code, and dataset available from the corresponding author at anuhya.vusirikala@nhs.net. Participants consent was not obtained but the presented data are anonymized and risk of identification is low.
STROBE statement: The authors have read the STROBE statement- checklist of items, and the manuscript were prepared and revised according to the STROBE Statement- checklist of items.
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Corresponding author: Anuhya Vusirikala, MBChB, Surgeon, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Basildon University Hospital, Nethermayne, Basildon SS16 5NL, Essex, United Kingdom. anuhya.vusirikala@nhs.net
Received: October 18, 2020
Peer-review started: October 18, 2020
First decision: November 18, 2020
Revised: December 2, 2020
Accepted: December 16, 2020
Article in press: December 16, 2020
Published online: January 18, 2021
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Core Tip

Core Tip: Telephone consultations are a safe and rapid method of adaptation to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, achieving the aim of reducing hospital footfall. This method of consultation has resulted in immense patient and clinician satisfaction, suggesting that this tool has benefits in the post pandemic healthcare delivery. Telephone consultations can also act as a steppingstone to the safe introduction of the more complex platform of video consulting.