Dr. Lauren Franz Examines Telehealth as a Research Tool in the US and South Africa

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Dr. Lauren Franz, a Global Health Pathway alumna and Duke Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was recently published in the journal Autism. Her work explored how telehealth has been an important tool for behavioral intervention during the COVID-19 pandemic in both the United States and South Africa. She and her team also looked at how telehealth may or may not be equitable and available to geographically and socio-economically diverse participant groups.  By examining the short comings and the strengths of research by telehealth, Dr. Franz hopes to find more ways telehealth can work for families around the world and bridge the "digital divide".
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Looking Forward

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By John Bonnewell, Infectious Disease Fellow, Moshi, Tanzania I was coming home to see my partner, who I had not seen in months, but I became trapped in situ due to this crisis. While I enjoyed this uniquely special but frightening time with her in Rhode Island, I soon became anxious to be involved in this response—as an infectious diseases physician, it was simultaneously my nightmare, responsibility, and passion. I came back to Durham quickly to assist in the response at Duke, and I was deeply anxious to contribute. Sadly, I was quarantined and thus felt quite sidelined in that process. The sense of duty remained. I am now engaged in a biomarker study for COVID-19 patients, and I am preparing myself to lead on general medicine and infectious diseases…
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Making an Impact

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