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Insight to urology patients' preferences regarding telemedicine


Insight to urology patients' preferences regarding telemedicine

Can J Urol. 2023 Feb;30(1):11438-11444.


INTRODUCTION: Due to COVID-19, telemedicine has become a common method of healthcare delivery. Our goal was to evaluate urology patients' satisfaction with telemedicine, examine patient preferences, and identify opportunities for improvement in readiness, access, and quality of care.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 285 adult urology patients who completed at least one telemedicine visit from September to December 2020 were eligible. A paper survey was disseminated by postal mail with an option to complete electronically. Those who returned completed surveys received a $15 gift card.

RESULTS: Seventy-six subjects completed the survey (response rate of 27%). The most common age bracket of the respondents was 70-79 years (37%). Readiness - To prepare, many subjects (49%) read the provided instructions. Most (91%) thought they were adequately prepared. A majority (82%) were satisfied with the ease of set up. Access - Types of visits included established patients (71%), new patient visits (17%), and postoperative visits (9%). Most respondents (84%) did not have difficulty accessing the visit. Quality of care - All respondents were satisfied with the length of visit, and 90% were satisfied with the overall experience. Patient preferences - Compared to office visits, most patients found telemedicine equal or superior in several areas. Preference to utilize telemedicine in the future was dependent on the nature of the complaint, length of their drive and their schedule.

CONCLUSIONS: Patients reported high levels of satisfaction and a willingness to engage with telemedicine visits. To minimize future technical disruptions, we offer mock telehealth visits before their scheduled appointment and improved our clinicians' work flow.


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