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Care of the older person
Challenges and attitudes of the elderly population in using telemedicine services during the COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Motti Haimi1,2,3
  1. 1 Faculty of Medicine, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  2. 2 School of Public Health, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
  3. 3 Clalit Health Services, Tel Aviv, Israel
  1. Correspondence to Dr Motti Haimi, Faculty of Medicine, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Haifa, Israel; morx{at}

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Commentary on: Bhatia R, Gilliam E, Aliberti G, Pinheiro A, Karamourtopoulos M, Davis RB, DesRochers L, Schonberg MA. Older adults' perspectives on primary care telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 Sep 28:10.1111/jgs.18035. doi: 10.1111/jgs.18035. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • As the undoubtful potential of telemedicine was proved during the last pandemic, older adults’ experience with telemedicine must be recognised and understood.

  • In order to maximise the profits of telemedicine, further initiatives, should be employed to satisfy the challenges that old people may experience in accessing telemedicine services.


Telemedicine is an effective way, especially during pandemics such as the COVID-19, to provide wide access to caregivers, and increase equality in care, while keeping patients and health professionals secure. During the last years, telemedicine has become a useful and secure method for patients to acquire medical advice.

Since the elderly population is at greater risk of developing severe …

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