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Majority of people open to using telehealth for sleep concerns

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“Sleeping” by Tobyotter is licensed under CC BY 2.0 A recently released report from Royal Philips found that although few people have sought help from a sleep specialist via telehealth, the majority of survey respondents said they’d be willing to try it.

The survey examined the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of 13,000 adults in 13 countries around sleep. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they’d experienced new sleep challenges since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with women reporting more sleep struggles than men.

“This year’s survey results confirm what we’ve known to be true for a while: with the right solutions, care doesn’t have to be defined by a place, but instead by the needs of the individual and his or her condition,” said Dr. Teofilo Lee-Chiong, chief medical liaison, sleep and respiratory care at Philips, in a statement.

WHY IT MATTERS

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey results signaled a broader interest in virtual care spurred on by the global pandemic.

Nearly one-third of consumers said they’d had a telehealth appointment during the crisis, and more than half of them said it was their first one.And although only 15% said they’d sought help from a sleep specialist via telemedicine, 58% said they’d be […]

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