HumanInsight Synchronous Telemedicine Model in Urogynecology: Are Patients Willing to Continue Telemedicine in the Post-COVID-19 Pandemic Era?
Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2022 Jun 14. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000001223. Online ahead of print.
IMPORTANCE: Following the recent expansion of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, this remote model of care in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery will likely remain and continue to evolve.
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to assess patients' perceptions of and willingness to participate in a synchronous telemedicine visit beyond the COVID-19 pandemic for women with pelvic floor disorders.
STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a cross-sectional study of women who completed a synchronous telemedicine visit from March 16 through May 22, 2020, at a urogynecology practice in an academic medical center. An electronic survey was distributed to women after all telemedicine visits. Demographic data, visit type, and survey responses were analyzed.
RESULTS: Two hundred two women received the survey, and 135 women completed it (response rate of 66.8%). The mean age of the respondents was 62.9 ± 16.4 years, and the 3 most common visit diagnoses were overactive bladder (43.7%), stress urinary incontinence (22.2%), and pelvic organ prolapse (21.4%). Most survey participants (88.9%) found that the quality of their telemedicine visits was better than expected, and 89.6% reported that they would like to continue telemedicine care. Our survey showed that 19.4% of women reported difficulty with technology.
CONCLUSIONS: We found that most women presenting for synchronous telemedicine urogynecology care had a positive visit experience and would continue to use telemedicine for their care. Further developmental work needs to be done on improving the ease of technology as well as availability of telemedicine in the care of women affected by pelvic floor disorders.
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