Telemedicine During COVID-19 Pandemic: Endocrine Surgery Patient Perspective

Mohammed W. Jeraq, Michelle B. Mulder, Dina Kaplan, John I. Lew, Josefina C. Farra

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Abstract

Introduction: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical providers have turned to telemedicine as an alternative method to provide ambulatory patient care. Perspectives of endocrine surgery patients regarding this mode of healthcare delivery remains unclear. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the opinions and perspectives of endocrine surgery patients regarding telemedicine. Methods: The first 100 adult patients who had their initial telemedicine appointment with two endocrine surgeons were contacted at the conclusion of their visit. The survey administered assessed satisfaction with telemedicine, the provider, and whether attire or video background played a role in their perception of the quality of care received using a 5-point Likert scale. Differences in responses between new and returning patients were also evaluated. Results: Telemedicine endocrine surgery patients stated excellent satisfaction with their visit (4.89 out of 5) and their provider (4.96 out of 5). Although there was less consensus that telemedicine was equivalent to in-person or face-to-face clinic visits (4.15 out of 5), patients would recommend a telemedicine visit to others and most agreed that this modality made it easier to obtain healthcare (4.7 out of 5). Attire of the provider and video background did not influence patient opinion in regard to the quality of care they received. Returning patients were more likely to be satisfied with this modality (4.94 versus 4.73, P = 0.02) compared to new patients. Conclusions: This study shows that telemedicine does not compromise patient satisfaction or healthcare delivery for patients and is a viable clinic option for endocrine surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-135
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Volume274
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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