The use of a novel smartphone app for monitoring male luts treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak
de la Rosette, Jean J. M. C. H.
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CitationMorselli, S., Liaci, A., Nicoletti, R., Pecoraro, A., Gemma, L., Polverino, P. ... Gacci, M. (2020). The use of a novel smartphone app for monitoring male luts treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 23(4), 724-726. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41391-020-0253-z
We are still experiencing the consequences from the globalCOVID-19 pandemic . The public health emergency hasresulted in a significant reallocation of health resources,with the consequent reorganization of all clinical activitiesin urological Departments all over the world .Within the first weeks of the outbreak, UrologicalDepartments progressively stopped the outpatient visitsfor benign diseases, limiting the access to the hospitalexclusively for life-threatening conditions, emergencysurgery, and oncological diseases . Male LUTS due toBenign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) were considered as anon-urgent deferrable condition; therefore, outpatientvisits were postponed or canceled, even if the bothersomeurinary symptoms had remarkable impact on quality oflife and patient’s capability to comply with the limitationsimposed by the lockdown. As a result, this has led tothe development of new strategies with telemedicineto appear as a pragmatic approach to screen clinicallyrelevant cases and provide adequate treatment andfollow-up .