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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol ; : 34894221082739, 2022 Mar 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2227432


OBJECTIVE: To determine provider and patient attitudes toward telemedicine in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS). METHODS: Otolaryngology practitioners conducting outpatient clinics at an academic tertiary referral center were provided with a pre-Study Provider Perception Questionnaire (pre-PPQ) designed to evaluate pre-study perception of telemedicine in otolaryngology. A post-study Provider Perception Questionnaire (post-PPQ) designed to evaluate elements similar to those constituting the PrePPQ was completed at 6 weeks. Additionally, following each visit, providers and patients completed Individual Encounter Survey Questionnaires (IESQ) to evaluate the virtual clinical encounter experience. RESULTS: The pre-PPQ was completed by 29 providers, while the post-PPQ was completed by 12 providers. A total of 236 post-visit provider IESQs were completed, of which 208 were deemed successful. Audio/visual (AV) difficulties and limited server connectivity for the patient were most common causes for unsuccessful encounters. Providers reported that the most appropriate use of telemedicine, on both pre-PPQ and post-PPQ, was triaging patients to determine the need for in-person visits. The inability to perform a physical exam was rated as the primary barrier to telemedicine in OHNS on both pre-PPQ and post-PPQ. Patients strongly agreed with the statements, "My healthcare provider was able to understand my healthcare condition" and, "I felt comfortable communicating with my healthcare provider" 92.0% and 95.4% of the time, respectively. CONCLUSION: Both providers and patients demonstrated an overall positive attitude toward the use of telemedicine in the provision of otolaryngologic care.