• To explore the use and uptake of video group consultations (VGCs) by UK general practice staff during the COVID-19 pandemic
• To enhance your awareness of the potential use of VGCs in your clinical setting
• To recognise that the use of VGCs is dependent on funding, organisational support, general practice priorities and understanding of the model
Background: Video group consultations (VGCs) are one approach to delivering care using a virtual platform for a group of patients with the same or similar health conditions. However, little is known about the use and uptake of VGCs in the UK.
Aim: To describe the use and uptake of VGCs by UK general practice staff during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
Method: A cross-sectional design using an online questionnaire. Data analysis adopted the principles of content analysis and demographic data were analysed descriptively.
Findings: A total of 36 participants completed the questionnaire across nine UK regions and representing 36 general practices. A lack of standardisation regarding the use and uptake of VGCs across UK general practices was identified, hindering implementation, scale-up and delivery.
Conclusion: While the VGC model looks promising, further research is needed to demonstrate its use and uptake, developing a more robust evidence base for implementation.
Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2023.e1801Peer review
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Scott E, Swaithes L, Wynne-Jones G et al (2023) Use of video group consultations by general practice staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2023.e1801
Published online: 21 June 2023
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