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Patient satisfaction with televisit in chronic neurologic disorders during Covid-19 pandemic

HumanInsight Patient satisfaction with televisit in chronic neurologic disorders during Covid-19 pandemic

Acta Neurol Belg. 2023 Jan 12. doi: 10.1007/s13760-023-02173-6. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Covid-19 pandemic has boosted telemedicine in medical clinical practice. Experience in the management of chronic neurological disorders is limited as well as patient opinion. During Covid-19 pandemic, we evaluated patients' satisfaction and opinion about televisits in a large group of patients with chronic neurological disorders.

METHODS: All patients with chronic neurological disorders who had a virtual visit during the first phase of pandemic were invited to fill an online anonymous questionnaire about their global satisfaction and satisfaction regarding continuity of care, possibility to stay at home, doctor-patient relationship, the future of teleconsultation after pandemic and the possibility of understanding medical information and instructions.

RESULTS: We received 123 questionnaires among 232 e-mail (response rate 53%). Almost all (120 out of 121 patients, 99%) were satisfied with the overall experience with video-consultation. Comprehension of medical information was the same for 113 out of 122 patients (93%) and also the doctor-patient relationship was the same for 107 out of 122 respondents (88%) or better for 10 (8%). Ninety-three percent of patients (112 out of 120) were keen to integrate televisits with the traditional modality and only 11 out of 121 patients (9%) judged televisits as an option to discard. As a whole, 114 out of 122 respondents (93%) would suggest this modality to other patients.

CONCLUSIONS: Our large cohort of patients with chronic neurologic disorders rated experience with televisits satisfactory. Comprehension of medical information and doctor-patient interaction was considered good. Eventually, patients are keen to integrate this modality with traditional follow-up visits.

PMID:36635442 | DOI:10.1007/s13760-023-02173-6

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