Urgent Care Through Telehealth.
Urgent care as a distinct clinical care entity began in the 1970s to treat low-acuity conditions. Virtual urgent care (VUC) can be provided by the primary care physician (PCP) or home health system of the patient, and many commercial direct-to-consumer (DTC) companies have emerged to provide this service. Quality of care continues to be evaluated, but some studies suggest that DTC providers prescribe antibiotics at a higher rate than PCPs. VUC has been proposed to improve equity and access to care, but early evidence is mixed. New utilization owing to convenience may lead to overall higher health care costs.
Published In/Presented At
Bean, E. W., & Harmes, K. M. (2022). Urgent Care Through Telehealth. Primary care, 49(4), 677–685. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pop.2022.04.004
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Emergency Medicine