PRIORITIZING YOUR HEALTH DURING COVID-19
Since the onset of COVID-19 and physical distancing rules, many people living with RA have had to forego in-person visits with their doctor despite their need for ongoing care. Virtual care and telemedicine have become more common, and it is important to commit to keeping your health top-of-mind and take charge of your RA.
See how Eileen is living with her RA during the COVID-19 pandemic
Navigating virtual care
You may have questions about virtual care, such as:
- Is virtual care effective?
- Do I have access to the right technology to connect with my doctor?
- How will virtual care affect my relationship with my doctor?
The following tips and tricks can help prepare you for virtual visits with your healthcare providers.
Arranging your virtual visit:
- Book your appointment. If you are able to see a doctor without an appointment, find out how to get into the "virtual waiting room" so that you can be seen as soon as the doctor is available.
- Complete and submit any required consent forms for the use of virtual visits.
- Ask the doctor's office how to send any information that can make the visit more efficient, such as symptom questionnaires or photos.
Preparing your communications device
- Choose whether you will use a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
- Make sure the device is fully charged or plugged in.
- Download the app or install the software that your doctor's office uses for virtual visits.
- Use a wired instead of wireless connection whenever possible.
- Find a comfortable seat with enough lighting so the doctor can see you.
- Choose a private space away from others.
- Eliminate as much surrounding noise as possible.
- Remain in front of the camera and speak clearly so the doctor can see and hear you
- Present your symptoms and answer questions as clearly and directly as possible.
- Make notes about the doctor's opinion and recommendations. Ask questions if anything isn't clear.