Telemedicine: The New "virtual Reality" of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery?

Haidy Morsy, Carter Scott, Ruple Jairath, Chiara Ghetti, Christine Chu, Siobhan Sutcliffe, Jerry L. Lowder

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Abstract

Importance Understanding women's acceptance of telemedicine as a model of care for pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) allows for a more patient-centered approach to widespread implementation in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Objectives The pandemic sparked rapid and widespread implementation of telemedicine. Our goal was to assess acceptance, satisfaction, and desire for future use of telemedicine among women seeking care for PFDs. Study Design We performed a structured telephone survey of new patients who underwent video visits, and established patients who underwent video or telephone visits, when nonurgent, in-person visits were suspended. Our survey assessed the following domains: satisfaction, future use of telemedicine, level of comfort, perceived utility, and access and comfort with technology. Results Between April and July 2020, we conducted telemedicine visits with 221 patients, 131 (63% of eligible patients) of whom agreed to participate in our survey (63 (74%) telephone and 68 (56%) video, including 35 established and 33 new patients). Overall, most participants (96.3%) described being "very"or "somewhat satisfied"with telemedicine in addressing their needs and "comfortable"sharing personal information with providers in a telemedicine visit (94.7%). However, video participants (both new and established) were more likely to view telemedicine as valuable (P = 0.02) than telephone participants. Furthermore, established video participants perceived greater quality care of care (P = 0.01) than telephone participants. Conclusions Video telemedicine is a well-accepted adjunct model of care with the potential to expand the reach of quality subspecialty care of value to women with PFDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E80-E87
JournalFemale Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

Keywords

  • patient centered care
  • patient satisfaction
  • pelvic floor disorders
  • quality
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine
  • value

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