Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the medical community urgently needs a new way to evaluate patients with shortness of breath when in-person assessments are not possible. Our study aims to investigate a new clinical test that could be used virtually and see if it may correlate with important information like oxygen levels in the blood and risk of hospitalization.
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The medical community urgently needs a new way to evaluate patients with shortness of breath over virtual care when in-person physical examinations are not possible.
A 2016 study identified a new method for assessing shortness of breath by having the patient counting from 1 to 30 in one breath as fast as they can. However, this new method has NOT been proven to be safe.
Our study aims to investigate this new method and see how it may be related to important clinical information like oxygen level in the blood, hospitalization, etc.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON QUESTIONS?
Health Care Providers / Staff
As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing proportion of primary care is delivered virtually.
➤ There has been an urgent need for clinical tools to assess the patient objectively in place of in-person physical examinations.
➤ A 2016 study identified a novel method for assessing dyspnea using the “Roth Score” that has been suggested by some physicians as a potential tool to virtually evaluate patients.
➤ The Roth Score has been controversial and is currently NOT recommended for use in the primary care setting by experts due to concern for inadequate evidence supporting its use.
However, it warrants further study as part of an overall virtual health assessment for dyspnea.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
1) Help us recruit participants by referring to us any patients you see IN PERSON with dyspnea due to a potential respiratory etiology (e.g. infection, COPDE).
2) Note down the SpO2 and time it was taken on the Participant Information Sheet and provide the information sheet to your patient to self-refer to the study.
3) Optional: note down the highest number your patient can count up to in one breath. See the Roth Score demonstration above.
3) Provide a copy of the Participant Informed Consent Form for the patient to read.
4) Our research team will take care of the rest including obtaining the full research consent.