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GeneralMar 5, 2021

'Exponential' rise in use of digital technology among AHPs in Scotland as Covid-19 advanced

Physiotherapists and other allied health professionals (AHPs) in Scotland embraced the use of digital technology as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded in a way that was both ‘exponential’ and ‘completely unanticipated’.

That is one of the messages contained in an article – written by a team led by Lesley Holdsworth, a physiotherapist by background – that appears in the British Journal of Healthcare Management.

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Advances in the 'digital revolution' (depicted in this image) are highlighted in the paper

Dr Holdsworth, who has been the Scottish Government’s national clinical lead for digital health and care since 2015, received an OBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her contribution to physiotherapy and health services.

... the level of interest in digital solutions during the first four months of the pandemic was exponential and, in many ways, completely unanticipated [Lesley Holdsworth and colleagues]

'Unprecedented pressures'

The article charts the unprecedented pressures facing the NHS from March 2020: juggling the need to protect service users and clinicians from infection while continuing to offer as many mainstream services as possible.

During this period &helli...

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