As the United States struggles with reopening, cardiologists report that concerns over the Coronavirus are keeping patients from seeking care. Recent data has shown that patients who postponed treatment early in the crisis are hesitant to reschedule, and individuals who are experiencing cardiac symptoms are delaying care.
In response to these dynamics, ASNC recently launched the COVID-19 Patient Confidence Toolkit. This resource provides an array of customizable tools that aid with communication to patients and your referral network. Items included in the toolkit are designed to help you communicate with patients during this time, explain the risks of delaying care, and describe the measures you are taking to keep them safe.
“Unfortunately, some patients have concluded that their hearts can wait,” says ASNC President Sharmila Dorbala, MD, MPH, FASNC. “They don’t realize that putting off tests and necessary procedures can have long-lasting impacts.”
The COVID-19 Patient Confidence Toolkit was developed using resources ASNC created along with partnering organizations to help nuclear cardiology labs address the concerns and challenges of reopening labs.
The COVID-19 Patient Confidence Toolkit Includes:
- Customizable letter template for patients
- Customizable letter template for referring clinicians
- Patient infographic printable poster
- Patient infographic digital PDF
Additional resources in the toolkit include:
Guidance and Best Practices for Reestablishment of Non-Emergent Care in Nuclear Cardiology Laboratories During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: An Information Statement from ASNC, IAEA and SNMMI: Endorsed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Questions and Answers from the Guidance and Best Practices for Reestablishment of Non- emergent Care in NC Labs: Succinct feedback written by authors of ASNC’s best practices documents in response to questions submitted by clinicians around the world; and
Guidance and Best Practices for Nuclear Cardiology Laboratories During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: An Information Statement from ASNC and SNMMI
ASNC members have exclusive access to the COVID-19 Patient Confidence Toolkit and can visit the toolkit landing page to access the resources instantly. Leverage these resources and use proactive communication to encourage your patients to schedule an appointment.