Satisfaction with new patient telehealth visits for reproductive endocrinology patients in the era of COVID-19

Kelsey Anderson, Reyan Coskun, Patricia Jimenez, Kenan Omurtag

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Abstract

Purpose: To study patient satisfaction with new patient telehealth visits in a reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) office. Methods: A cross-sectional study in a university-based fertility clinic was completed including all new patients seen via telehealth between March 1, 2021, and August 19, 2021. Primary outcomes were perceived patient satisfaction, access, and preferences to telehealth visits. Results: A total of 351 participants were contacted, 61.8% (n = 217) agreed to participate in the study, and 28.8% (n = 101) completed the survey. There were no significant differences in age, BMI, distance from clinic, or length of infertility with response to survey. Ninety-three percent of responders would use telehealth services again and were satisfied with the telehealth system. Telehealth improved access to healthcare for 88% and travel time for 96%. The median distance from clinic was 24 miles, and there was no significance difference in preference for telehealth visits over in person visits (p = 0.696). Conclusions: In the era of COVID-19, healthcare implementation has dramatically changed with a drastic increase in telehealth services. Based on our survey, majority of patients were satisfied with telehealth visits and believed it saved travel time while improving access to REI care. Despite no differences in patient preference for in person versus telehealth depending on their distance from clinic, this is reassuring because patients are satisfied with telehealth for reasons other than distance from clinic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1571-1576
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Volume39
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Fertility
  • New-patient visit
  • Satisfaction
  • Telehealth

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