Telehealth in an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinic: The First 100 Patients

Dylan N. Greif, Brandon J. Shallop, Michael G. Rizzo, William H. Cade, Michael Letter, Julianne Muñoz, Michael G. Baraga, Lee D. Kaplan

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Background: Orthopedic specialties have begun to embrace telehealth as an alternative to in-person visits. We have not found studies assessing telehealth in sports medicine. Our goal is to evaluate patient perception of telehealth in an orthopedic sports medicine practice. Methods: Institutional review board (IRB) approval was obtained. The first 100 patients 18 years and older who had their initial videoconference telehealth appointment with our sports medicine providers from March to April 2020 were contacted at the conclusion of their visit. Surveys assessed satisfaction with telehealth, the provider, and whether attire played a role in their perception of the quality of the telehealth visit. Results: Patients on average stated excellent satisfaction with their visit (4.76 out of 5) and their provider (4.98 out of 5). Patients slightly disagreed with the notion that telehealth is equivalent to in-person provider visits (2.95 out of 5). This did not affect their perception to telehealth itself. It did not discourage patients from recommending telehealth or their provider to future patients. Patients overall felt that attire of the provider does not influence their opinion as to the standard of care they received. Returning patients versus new patient visits were more likely to recommend telehealth to others (4.83 vs. 4.56, p = 0.04). The responses from both groups were overwhelmingly positive. Conclusion: Telehealth is a viable clinic option in an orthopedic sports medicine clinic. Patients who have seen providers in-person previously are more likely to recommend telehealth versus new patients. New patients were satisfied with their telehealth experience. Level of Evidence: IV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1275-1281
Number of pages7
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021


  • orthopedics
  • sports medicine
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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