HumanInsight Patient Experience with Telemedicine in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
Telemed J E Health. 2023 Jan 18. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2022.0279. Online ahead of print.
Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in increased use of telemedicine. There are limited data on patient experience with telemedicine in adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). We hypothesized that due to their complex medical history, ACHD would prefer in-person clinic visits over telemedicine. Methods: We conducted a nurse-administered telephone survey based on Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recommendations to assess patient experience after ACHD telemedicine visits in the early part of the pandemic from March 2020 to June 2020. Results: Of 216 ACHD who had telemedicine visits, 136 (63%) agreed to participate in the survey. Mean age was 45 ± 18 years, majority (65%) being video encounters. Most (98%) patients expressed that the telemedicine visit was successful in addressing their health care needs. Only 21 (15%) patients reported technical issues. Most patients (76%) preferred telemedicine given testing was provided separately, 25 (18%) preferred in-person clinic visits, and 8 (6%) had no preference. Of the 25 patients over 65 years, 19 (76%) would choose telemedicine over the in-person clinic, and only 1 patient reported technical difficulties. Conclusion: ACHD reported a positive experience with telemedicine. Technical limitations were infrequent even among the elderly. The majority of patients felt that their health care needs were addressed and would consider telemedicine over clinic visits. These data are important as payors move away from supporting telemedicine and hospitals restructure, with and without ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
PMID:36656168 | DOI:10.1089/tmj.2022.0279
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