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Conversations That Matter: Chronic health problems and COVID-19 (Dr. Scott Lear, SPH)

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If something good is to come out of COVID-19, it could be a modernization of how the health-care system monitors and treats chronic conditions

The coronavirus pandemic is exposing how poorly we manage patients with chronic diseases, according to Dr. Scott Lear, a professor of health sciences at SFU.

“This is because the system relies on the unnecessary requirement of having patients attend hospital clinics for treatment instead of using ubiquitous communications technology,” Lear says.

“Approximately 12.8 million Canadians have a chronic disease and more than half of them have two or more. On any given day hundreds of these patients go to hospitals for clinics, simple physician consultations and rehabilitation sessions.”

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