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Menopause ; 29(2): 184-188, 2021 12 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-20244811

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OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate patient satisfaction with telephone appointments during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, determine visit type preference (in-person vs telephone), and predictors of those preferences. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, patient visits during the first wave of COVID-19 (March 20 to July 15, 2020) were characterized (in-person vs telephone) in a single provider's weekly menopause clinic in Toronto, Canada. Patients attending telephone appointments were asked to complete a modified Telemedicine Satisfaction Questionnaire with 5-point Likert-scale responses. Demographic information was collected along with the patient-reported cost to attend an in-person appointment (monetary, travel time, and time away from work). Of those who experienced both visit types, preference was evaluated and bivariate analysis was performed identifying factors associated with visit type preference and included in a multivariable binary logistic regression model. RESULTS: During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, 214 women had 246 visits, attending mostly by telephone (221/246, 90%). Mean Telemedicine Satisfaction Questionnaire composite score was 4.23 ±â€Š0.72. Of those who attended a prepandemic in-person appointment (118/139, 85%), a minority (24/118, 20%) preferred in-person visits. Those favoring in-person were more likely to commute less than 30 minutes (OR 3.78, 95% CI 1.16-12.29, P = 0.027), require less than 2 hours away from work (OR 4.05, 95% CI 1.07-15.4, P = 0.04), and spend less than $10 to attend (OR 3.67, 95% CI 1.1-12.26, P = 0.035). CONCLUSIONS: Menopause clinic telephone appointments had high patient satisfaction, with most preferring this visit type, although in-person visits are preferred among a minority of women.


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COVID-19 , Pandemics , Cross-Sectional Studies , Female , Humans , Menopause , Patient Satisfaction , SARS-CoV-2 , Telephone
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J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) ; 63(3): 742-750.e3, 2023.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-20233304

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BACKGROUND: Long-acting injectable antipsychotic (LAIA) medications offer an effective treatment option for patients with serious mental illness. Despite demonstrated clinical safety and efficacy as well as increased adherence and less frequent administration compared with daily oral regimens, LAIAs remain underutilized in clinical practice. With legislation allowing pharmacists to administer injectable medications in 48 U.S. states, community pharmacies are uniquely positioned to serve as an access point for patients with serious mental illnesses to receive LAIA injections. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to conduct a systematic review of the health and economic benefits and costs of community pharmacist administration of LAIA medications. METHODS: A systematic search of the literature published from January 1996 to April 2022 was conducted across 3 databases (Embase, PubMed, and Scopus Plus). Publications describing pharmacist administration of LAIA medications in outpatient settings were included. Publications that examined the use of LAIAs but did not involve a pharmacist administering the medication were excluded. RESULTS: Of 2261 publications reviewed, we identified 8 publications (4 articles and 4 abstracts) that met our inclusion criteria, of which only 7 included results. Four studies reported high medication adherence achieved by patients receiving pharmacist-administered LAIAs. Two publications surveyed patient satisfaction with pharmacist administration of LAIAs in community pharmacy settings. One study found pharmacists' mixed attitudes regarding LAIA administration and time and safety barriers to offering the service. CONCLUSION: We found very little evidence on the impact of pharmacist administration of LAIAs on patient outcomes. This review highlights the need to generate greater evidence on the health and economic benefits as well as financial models for pharmacists to administer LAIA medications in outpatient and community pharmacy settings. Such evidence could support more community pharmacists to offer LAIA medications and contribute to the shift toward value-based care.


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Antipsychotic Agents , Community Pharmacy Services , Humans , Pharmacists , Injections , Treatment Outcome , Patient Satisfaction
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BMC Public Health ; 23(1): 979, 2023 05 26.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-20237720

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INTRODUCTION: The healthcare system is critical to the country's overall growth, which involves the healthy development of individuals, families, and society everywhere. This systematic review focuses on providing an overall assessment of the quality of healthcare delivery during COVID-19. METHODOLOGY: The literature search was conducted from March 2020 till April 2023 utilising the databases "PubMed," "Google Scholar," and "Embase." A total of nine articles were included. Descriptive statistics was performed using Microsoft Excel. PROSPERO registration ID- CRD42022356285. RESULTS: According to the geographic location of the studies included, four studies were conducted in Asia [Malaysia(n = 1); India (Madhya Pradesh) (n = 1); Saudi Arabia(n = 1); Indonesia (Surabaya) (n = 1)], three in Europe [U.K. (n = 1); Poland (n = 1); Albania (n = 1)] and two in Africa [Ethiopia(n = 1); Tunisia (n = 1)]. Overall patient satisfaction was found highest among studies conducted in Saudi Arabia (98.1%) followed by India (Madhya Pradesh) (90.6%) and the U.K. (90%). CONCLUSION: This review concluded five different aspects of patients satisfaction level i.e. reliability, responsiveness, assurance, empathy, and tangibility. It was found that the empathy aspect had the greatest value of the five factors, i.e., 3.52 followed by Assurance with a value of 3.51.


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COVID-19 , Humans , Reproducibility of Results , Asia , Patient Satisfaction , Ethiopia
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J Perianesth Nurs ; 38(3): 394-397, 2023 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2324319

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PURPOSE: Telehealth has become commonplace in many healthcare systems across the United States. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a large academic medical center in the southeast USA has increased the use of telehealth in the anesthesia department to complete preanesthetic assessments before the patient's surgery. This has allowed high-risk patient populations to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 and limit the financial burden of traveling from neighboring counties to complete their preanesthetic assessment in person. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to evaluate the effectiveness of a preanesthetic assessment via telehealth among patients undergoing anesthesia. DESIGN: A quality improvement project. METHODS: Two separate surveys assessing patient and provider satisfaction with telehealth preanesthesia assessments were developed. Patients undergoing anesthesia at the medical center completed a telehealth preanesthesia assessment and received a satisfaction survey via email post-procedure. Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) who cared for patients that completed a telehealth preanesthesia assessment also received an emailed satisfaction survey. FINDINGS: Results demonstrate high satisfaction scores for both patients and providers. CONCLUSIONS: Current telehealth preanesthetic assessments prompt high satisfaction scores, supporting continued, and expanded use.


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COVID-19 , Telemedicine , Humans , United States , Pandemics , Patient Satisfaction , Personal Satisfaction
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Support Care Cancer ; 31(6): 346, 2023 May 22.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2325453

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INTRODUCTION: Many rehabilitation services in the face of the COVID-19 health emergency have had to adapt face-to-face interventions with remote care through teleprehabilitation. We aim to describe the implementation of a teleprehabilitation program during the COVID-19 pandemic for patients who are candidates for elective cancer surgery in a low-income Chilean public hospital. Secondarily, describe the perspectives and satisfaction of patients with the program. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Correspond to a descriptive and retrospective pre-habilitation telemedicine intervention study. Implementation was measured in terms of, recruitment rate, retention, dropouts, and occurrence of adverse events. User perspectives and satisfaction were evaluated through a survey composed of nine items on a Likert scale with five response options. Descriptive analyses were considered with mean, standard deviation, minimum, maximum, as well as absolute and relative frequency. For patients' perspectives on the program, a qualitative analysis was considered to describe them. The most relevant domains were identified in a text box to illustrate the results. RESULTS: One hundred fifty-five patients were referred to the teleprehabilitation program, with 99.3% recruitment, a retention rate of 46.7%, and no adverse events reported. In relation to user satisfaction, in general, patients showed good satisfaction with the teleprehabilitation program except items related to "access to the teleprehabilitation program connection" and "number of sessions." Thirty-three patients reported their perspectives on the intervention, represented in 12 domains. CONCLUSION: It is possible to implement a teleprehabilitation program for oncosurgical patients in the context of preoperative care during the COVID-19 pandemic, with good user satisfaction. Likewise, this study provides guidance for other health institutions that wish to implement a teleprehabilitation program.


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COVID-19 , Telemedicine , Humans , COVID-19/prevention & control , Pandemics , Retrospective Studies , Patient Satisfaction , Telemedicine/methods , Personal Satisfaction
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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol ; 286: 35-38, 2023 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2319978

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OBJECTIVE: To study the safety and feasibility of virtual consultations in reproductive medicine. DESIGN: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study involving subfertile patients attending a video consultation between September 2021 and August 2022. Clinicians conducting virtual consultations during the same period responded to a parallel survey for healthcare professionals. SETTING: University Hospital in Manchester, UK. PARTICIPANTS: Subfertile patients attending a virtual consultation. Healthcare professionals conducting virtual consultations. INTERVENTION: The survey link was offered in 4,932 consultations. A total of 577 (11.69%) patients responded and 510 completed the questionnaire (88.3%). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Patient satisfaction measured as the percentage of patients preferring virtual to in person consultations. RESULTS: The majority of the patients (475, 91.70%) had a positive experience with the video consultation and just under half of the patients (152, 48.65%) preferred a video consultation to an in person consultation due to cost and time savings. Most patients (375, 72.68%) felt safer and less exposed to COVID-19. When the risk of COVID-19 subsides, 242 patients (47%) would still prefer to attend video consultations, while 169 (32.82%) had no preference. Analysis of the responses from patients reporting a negative experience identified technical problems as a possible cause. The virtual consultations appeared to be suitable for patients with disabilities. The clinicians' survey identified potential legal and ethical concerns. CONCLUSION: Virtual consultations are a safe and feasible alternative to in person consultations for subfertile patients. This large cross-sectional study revealed a high rate of patient satisfaction. Appropriate patient selection accounting for IT literacy, English language understanding and preference is crucial for successful virtual consultations. Further consideration should be given to ethical and legal challenges of virtual consultations. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Research Registry, UIN 6912, https://www.researchregistry.com/browse-the-registry.


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COVID-19 , Reproductive Medicine , Telemedicine , Humans , Patient Satisfaction , Feasibility Studies , Cross-Sectional Studies , Referral and Consultation
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BMC Health Serv Res ; 23(1): 483, 2023 May 13.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2319919

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BACKGROUND: During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care had to find new ways to care for patients while reducing infection transmission. The role of telemedicine role has grown exponentially. METHODS: A questionnaire on experiences and satisfaction was sent to the staff of the Head and Neck Center of Helsinki University Hospital and to otorhinolaryngology patients treated remotely between March and June 2020. Additionally, patient safety incident reports were examined for incidents involving virtual visits. RESULTS: Staff (response rate 30.6%, (n = 116)) opinions seemed to be quite polarized. In general, staff felt virtual visits were useful for select groups of patients and certain situations, and beneficial in addition to face-to-face visits, not instead of them. Patients (response rate 11.7%, (n = 77)) gave positive feedback on virtual visits, with savings in time (average 89 min), distance travelled (average 31.4 km) and travel expenses (average 13.84€). CONCLUSIONS: While telemedicine was implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure patient treatment, its usefulness after the pandemic must be examined. Evaluation of treatment pathways is critical to ensure that quality of care is upheld while new treatment protocols are introduced. Telemedicine offers the opportunity to save environmental, temporal, and monetary resources. Nonetheless, the appropriate use of telemedicine is essential, and clinicians must be offered the option to examine and treat patients face-to-face.


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COVID-19 , Telemedicine , Humans , COVID-19/epidemiology , Pandemics , Patient Safety , Telemedicine/methods , Patient Satisfaction
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J Natl Compr Canc Netw ; 21(5): 496-502.e6, 2023 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2318039

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BACKGROUND: Patients with cancer require timely access to care so that healthcare providers can prepare an optimal treatment plan with significant implications for quality of life and mortality. The COVID-19 pandemic spurred rapid adoption of telemedicine in oncology, but study of patient experience of care with telemedicine in this population has been limited. We assessed overall patient experience of care with telemedicine at an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center during the COVID-19 pandemic and examined changes in patient experience over time. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study of outpatient oncology patients who received treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center. Press Ganey surveys were used to assess patient experience. Data from patients with appointments between April 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, were analyzed. Patient experience was compared between telemedicine and in-person visits, and patient experience with telemedicine over time was described. RESULTS: A total of 33,318 patients reported Press Ganey data for in-person visits, and 5,950 reported Press Ganey data for telemedicine visits. Relative to patients with in-person visits, more patients with telemedicine visits gave higher satisfaction ratings for access (62.5% vs 75.8%, respectively) and care provider concern (84.2% vs 90.7%, respectively) (P<.001). When adjusted for age, race/ethnicity, sex, insurance, and clinic type, telemedicine visits consistently outperformed in-person visits over time regarding access and care provider concern (P<.001). There were no significant changes over time in satisfaction with telemedicine visits regarding access, care provider concern, telemedicine technology, or overall assessment (P>.05). CONCLUSIONS: In this study, a large oncology dataset showed that telemedicine resulted in better patient experience of care in terms of access and care provider concern compared with in-person visits. Patient experience of care with telemedicine visits did not change over time, suggesting that implementing telemedicine was effective.


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COVID-19 , Neoplasms , Telemedicine , Humans , COVID-19/epidemiology , Pandemics , Quality of Life , Retrospective Studies , Patient Outcome Assessment , Patient Satisfaction , Neoplasms/epidemiology , Neoplasms/therapy
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Am J Surg ; 225(5): 847-851, 2023 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2317762

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BACKGROUND: Though telemedicine has been identified as safe and feasible, data on patient reported experiences (PREs) are lacking. We sought to compare PREs between in-person and telemedicine-based perioperative care. METHODS: Patients evaluated from August-November 2021 were prospectively surveyed to assess experiences and satisfaction with care rendered during in-person and telemedicine-based encounters. Patient and hernia characteristics, encounter related plans, and PREs were compared between in-person and telemedicine-based care. RESULTS: Of 109 respondents (86% response rate), 55% (n = 60) utilized telemedicine-based perioperative care. Indirect costs were lower for patients using telemedicine-based services, including work absence (3% vs. 33%, P < 0.001), lost wages (0% vs. 14%, P = 0.003), and requirements for hotel accommodations (0% vs. 12%, P = 0.007). PREs related to telemedicine-based care were non-inferior to in-person care across all measured domains (P > 0.4). CONCLUSIONS: Telemedicine-based care yields significant cost-savings over in-person care with similar patient satisfaction. These findings suggest that systems should focus on optimization of perioperative telemedicine services.


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Telemedicine , Humans , Surveys and Questionnaires , Patient Satisfaction , Cost Savings , Patient Reported Outcome Measures
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CJEM ; 25(6): 498-507, 2023 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2316395

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OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that an association exists between satisfaction with ED mental health care delivery and patient and system characteristics. Primary: To evaluate overall satisfaction with ED mental health care delivery. Secondary: To explore aspects of ED mental health care delivery associated with general satisfaction, and patient and ED visit characteristic associated with total satisfaction scores and reported care experience themes. METHODS: We enrolled patients < 18 years of age presenting with a mental health concern between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021, to two pediatric EDs in Alberta, Canada. Satisfaction data were collected using the Service Satisfaction Scale, a measure of global satisfaction with mental health services. Association of general satisfaction with ED mental health care was evaluated using Pearson's correlation coefficient and variables associated with total satisfaction score was assessed using multivariable regression analyses. Inductive thematic analysis of qualitative feedback identified satisfaction and patient experience themes. RESULTS: 646 participants were enrolled. 71.2% were Caucasian and 56.3% female. Median age was 13 years (IQR 11-15). Parents/caregivers (n = 606) and adolescents (n = 40) were most satisfied with confidentiality and respect in the ED and least satisfied with how ED services helped reduce symptoms and/or problems. General satisfaction was associated with perceived amount of help received in the ED (r = 0.85) and total satisfaction with evaluation by a mental health team member (p = 0.004) and psychiatrist consultation (p = 0.05). Comments demonstrated satisfaction with ED provider attitudes and interpersonal skills and dissatisfaction with access to mental health and addictions care, wait time, and the impact of COVID-19. CONCLUSIONS: There is a need to improve ED mental health care delivery, with a focus on timely access to ED mental health providers. Access to outpatient/community-based mental health care is needed to complement care received in the ED and to provide continuity of care for youth with mental health concerns.


RéSUMé: OBJECTIFS: Nous avons émis l'hypothèse qu'il existe un lien entre la satisfaction à l'égard de la prestation de soins de santé mentale aux urgences et les caractéristiques des patients et du système. Primaire : Évaluer la satisfaction globale à l'égard de la prestation des soins de santé mentale aux urgences. Secondaire : Explorer les aspects de la prestation des soins de santé mentale aux urgences associés à la satisfaction générale, et les caractéristiques du patient et de la visite aux urgences associées aux scores de satisfaction totale et aux thèmes d'expérience de soins signalés. MéTHODES: Nous avons inscrit des patients de moins de 18 ans présentant un problème de santé mentale entre le 1er février 2020 et le 31 janvier 2021 à deux services d'urgence pédiatriques en Alberta, au Canada. Les données relatives à la satisfaction ont été recueillies à l'aide de l'échelle de satisfaction du service, une mesure de la satisfaction globale à l'égard des services de santé mentale. L'association entre la satisfaction générale et les soins de santé mentale dispensés aux urgences a été évaluée à l'aide du coefficient de corrélation de Pearson et les variables associées au score total de satisfaction ont été évaluées à l'aide d'analyses de régression multivariables. L'analyse thématique inductive des commentaires qualitatifs a permis d'identifier des thèmes liés à la satisfaction et à l'expérience des patients. RéSULTATS: 646 participants ont été inscrits. 71,2 % étaient de race blanche et 56,3 % de sexe féminin. L'âge médian était de 13 ans (IQR, 11-15). Les parents/aidants (n = 606) et les adolescents (n = 40) étaient les plus satisfaits de la confidentialité et du respect à l'urgence et les moins satisfaits de la façon dont les services d'urgence ont contribué à réduire les symptômes et/ou les problèmes. La satisfaction générale était associée à la perception de l'aide reçue aux urgences (r = 0,85) et à la satisfaction totale à l'égard de l'évaluation par un membre de l'équipe de santé mentale (p = 0,004) et de la consultation d'un psychiatre (p = 0,05). Les commentaires ont fait état d'une satisfaction à l'égard des attitudes et des compétences interpersonnelles des prestataires de soins d'urgence et d'une insatisfaction à l'égard de l'accès aux soins de santé mentale et de toxicomanie, du temps d'attente et de l'impact de l'étude COVID-19. CONCLUSIONS: Il est nécessaire d'améliorer la prestation des soins de santé mentale aux urgences, en mettant l'accent sur l'accès en temps opportun aux fournisseurs de services de santé mentale des services d'urgence. L'accès à des soins de santé mentale en consultation externe ou en milieu communautaire est nécessaire pour compléter les soins reçus aux urgences et pour assurer la continuité des soins aux jeunes ayant des problèmes de santé mentale.


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COVID-19 , Mental Health , Humans , Child , Adolescent , Female , Male , Emergency Service, Hospital , Alberta , Personal Satisfaction , Patient Satisfaction
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J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol ; 34(6): 1345-1347, 2023 Jun.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2314341

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INTRODUCTION: We evaluated time efficiency and patient satisfaction of a "car park clinic" (CPC) compared to traditional face-to-face (F2F) during the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: Consecutive patients attending CPC between September 2020 and November 2021 were surveyed. CPC time was recorded by staff. F2F time was reported by patients and administrative data. RESULTS: A total of 591 patients attended the CPC. A total of 176 responses were collected for F2F clinic. Regarding satisfaction, 90% of CPC patients responded "happy" or "very happy." 96% reported feeling "safe" or "very safe." Patients spent significantly less time in CPC compared to F2F (17 ± 8 vs. 50 ± 24 min, p < .001). CONCLUSION: CPC had excellent patient satisfaction and superior time efficiency compared to F2F.


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COVID-19 , Defibrillators, Implantable , Humans , Patient Satisfaction , Pandemics , Surveys and Questionnaires
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Am J Manag Care ; 27(6): 225-226, 2021 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2293085

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OBJECTIVES: The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the workflow of clinics. We applied Lean Six Sigma processes to optimize clinic workflow to reduce patient wait times and improve the patient experience. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. METHODS: We implemented (1) pushing most extended wait times to the end of the workflow by rooming the patient directly and (2) using distractions during the waiting process by using educational videos and a timer for physician arrival in the patient exam room. We compared the patient wait times and subcomponents of Press Ganey scores as a surrogate for changes in patient experience and satisfaction from the preimplementation period (n = 277) to the 3-month (September 1, 2020, to November 30, 2020) postimplementation period (n = 218). RESULTS: There was a significant reduction in overall throughput time (38 vs 35 minutes) and wait before rooming (11 vs 8 minutes), and increased physician time with patients (15 vs 17 minutes) (P < .0001 for all). These results corresponded with a significant improvement in Press Ganey subcomponents of (1) waiting time in the exam room before being seen by the care provider, (2) degree to which you were informed about any delays, (3) wait time at clinic (from arriving to leaving), and (4) length of wait before going to an exam room (P < .001 for all). CONCLUSIONS: Simple, inexpensive measures can improve patient engagement and provide a safe setting for patients for clinic visits in the wake of COVID-19. In the future, clinics' common wait areas could be reappropriated to increase the number of clinic exam rooms.


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Ambulatory Care Facilities/standards , COVID-19/epidemiology , Efficiency, Organizational , Total Quality Management , Workflow , Humans , Pandemics , Patient Satisfaction , Pilot Projects , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Prospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2 , Waiting Lists
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Occup Med (Lond) ; 73(4): 205-207, 2023 May 18.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2292947

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BACKGROUND: Telemedicine has existed pre-pandemic and has been used in some healthcare settings with high patient satisfaction. The COVID-19 pandemic increased the use of telemedicine to help minimize transmission while maintaining service provision. AIMS: To assess service user satisfaction with telephone assessment and to assess distance/time saved by telephone assessment as services users did not have to travel to their appointment. METHODS: Prospective review of service users attending one occupational health clinic over a 1-month period. Service users were asked two questions regarding method of travel, and satisfaction with telephone review. All data captured were anonymous, and distances and times for travel were calculated for driving using Google Maps. RESULTS: Seventy-three service users were recruited to the review. Ninety per cent were reviewed by telephone and 10% reviewed in person. Eighty-eight per cent of service users were satisfied with telephone review. Seventy-eight per cent of service users planned to drive to Dr Steevens' Hospital. In total, 4058.4 km (77 h 6 min) of commuting was saved with phone reviews, and 2753.2 km (54 h 16 min) driving was saved. CONCLUSIONS: Service user satisfaction with telephone review was found to be high, and telephone review resulted in saving of both commuting time for the healthcare worker, reduced time away from the workplace, as well as having a positive environmental impact.


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COVID-19 , Telemedicine , Humans , Pandemics/prevention & control , Prospective Studies , Telemedicine/methods , Patient Satisfaction
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JAMA ; 329(14): 1149-1150, 2023 04 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2292146

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This Viewpoint discusses the need for clinicians to be involved in every stage of the development of patient safety interventions in order to not only improve patient care, but also maximize the interventions' effectiveness and ensure clinician well-being and buy-in.


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Health Personnel , Patient Safety , Patient Satisfaction , Psychological Well-Being , Universal Design , Humans , Health Personnel/psychology , Health Personnel/standards
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Support Care Cancer ; 31(5): 291, 2023 Apr 21.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2292115

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PURPOSE: The extent to which adults with cancer during early survivorship experienced disruptions in care due to COVID-19 pandemic, as well as their experiences with the transition to telemedicine, remains understudied. METHODS: We examined cancer care disruption and satisfaction with telemedicine due to COVID-19 in 361 adults (Mage = 59.42, SD = 11.3) with breast, prostate or colorectal cancer during early survivorship. The Telemedicine Satisfaction and Usefulness Questionnaire (TSUQ) and patient self-report Cancer Care Disruption Index (CCDI) was administered via RedCap survey. RESULTS: The most prevalent areas of patient-reported cancer care disruption included supportive care appointments canceled/postponed (57%), in-person appointments changed to virtual appointments (56%), social work services canceled (32%), palliative care appointments canceled/postponed (24%), elective surgeries related to cancer postponed (23%), and screening tests postponed (19%). Regarding patient satisfaction with telemedicine, 78.0% "agree" or "strongly agree" that they were satisfied with the overall telemedicine system. Most survivors reported satisfaction with their doctor dealing with problems (88.2%), doctors answering patient questions (92.7%), and engaged patients in care (86.1%), However, 49.3% of cancer patients disagreed that virtual visits are as satisfying as in-person visits and 35.6% were dissatisfied with the lack of physical contact during virtual visits. CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted cancer survivorship care, with supportive care, social work services, and mode of delivery (in-person vs. virtual) particularly affected. The downstream impact of cancer care disruption in those living with cancer during the pandemic as well as the quality of telehealth modality as part of cancer survivorship care delivery await future investigation.


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COVID-19 , Neoplasms , Telemedicine , Adult , Male , Humans , Patient Satisfaction , Survivorship , Pandemics , Neoplasms/therapy
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J Neurosurg Spine ; 39(1): 122-131, 2023 Jul 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2302025

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OBJECTIVE: The utilization of telemedicine in healthcare has increased dramatically during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. This study aimed to investigate the feasibility to perform remote patient monitoring after full endoscopic spine surgery via a smartphone application that also allows communication with patients. METHODS: A smartphone application (SPINEhealthie) was designed at the University of Washington and used to collect patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and to provide chat communication between patients and their care team. A total of 71 patients were included in the study and prospectively followed for 3 months postoperatively. Patient demographic characteristics, compliance with surveys, and frequency of chat utilization were recorded. The ease of use, the participants' experiences with the app interface design, and the usefulness of the app were assessed by using the mHealth App Usability Questionnaire (MAUQ). RESULTS: Of all eligible patients, 71/78 (91.0%) agreed to participate. Of these, 60 (85%) patients provided at least 1 postoperative PROM. There was good coverage of the immediate postoperative period with 45 (63.4%) patients providing ≥ 5 PROMs within the 1st week after surgery. The authors observed a 33.2% increase in patient compliance in postoperative PROMs and a 45.7% increase in chat function utilization between the first and last of the three enrollment periods of the study, during which continuous updates were made to improve the app's functionality. Sixty-two (87.3%) patients responded to the user satisfaction survey after using the app for at least 40 days. The MAUQ results revealed excellent rates of satisfaction for ease of use (78.6% of the maximum score), app interface design (71.4%), and usefulness (71.4%), resulting in a total mean MAUQ score of 110 (74.8%). Communication with the doctor (38 votes) was found to be the top feature of the app. Additionally, physical therapy instructions (33 votes) and imaging review (29 votes) were the top two features that patients would like to see in future app versions. Lastly, the authors have presented a case example of a 68-year-old man who used the app for postoperative monitoring and communication after undergoing a two-level lumbar endoscopic unilateral laminotomy for bilateral decompression. CONCLUSIONS: Postoperative remote patient monitoring and communication after full endoscopic surgery is feasible using the SPINEhealthie app. Importantly, patients were willing to share their medical information using a mobile device, and they were eager to use it postoperatively as a supplementary tool.


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COVID-19 , Mobile Applications , Male , Humans , Aged , Patient Satisfaction , Feasibility Studies , Pandemics , COVID-19/epidemiology
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Int J Clin Exp Hypn ; 71(2): 153-164, 2023.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2296228

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Remote hypnotherapy is a treatment that is increasingly being utilized internationally. Its adoption has been accelerated following the COVID-19 pandemic when infection control measures mandated its implementation. Remote hypnotherapy via video, rather than telephone therapy, appears to be more popular and effective, which appears to be acceptable to patients and - compared to face-to-face therapy - has the potential to improve access. In this state-of-the-art article, the authors therefore review the latest literature in this exciting field of remote teletherapy, discussing adoption of video hypnotherapy; its evidence, including efficacy compared to face-to-face therapy; patient satisfaction; advantages and disadvantages of teletherapy; as well as practical considerations and factors that should be considered when deciding on the mode of delivery. They also discuss training implications of the recent developments. Finally, they highlight areas for future research and development. Overall, it is likely that remote hypnotherapy via video platforms is here to stay long term and has potential to become the standard form of therapy worldwide. However, recent data suggest that there may still be a need for face-to-face therapy with patient choice being an important factor.


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COVID-19 , Hypnosis , Humans , Pandemics , Patient Satisfaction , Telephone
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J Hand Surg Asian Pac Vol ; 26(4): 705-715, 2021 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2272974

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Background: A major consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. healthcare system has been the rapid transition away from in-person healthcare visits to telehealth. This study analyzed patient and surgeon satisfaction in the utilization of telehealth within the hand surgery division during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: All hand surgery patients who completed a telemedicine visit from March 30th, 2020 through April 30th, 2020 completed a 14-question survey via e-mail. Hand surgeons who participated in telemedicine completed a separate 14-question survey. Survey results were presented descriptively (mean ± standard deviation) and patient factors influencing satisfaction were determined using univariate and multivariate proportional modeling. Results: 89 patients and five surgeons completed the surveys. Patients were very satisfied with their telemedicine visits (4.21/5.00 ± 0.89). Multivariate proportional modeling determined patients who found it "very easy" (5/5) to arrange telemedicine visits had greater satisfaction (OR = 4.928; 95% CI = 0.94 to 25.84) compared to those who found it "difficult" (2/5) (p = 0.059). Patients who believed they could ask/relay questions/concerns "extremely effectively" (5/5) had greater satisfaction (OR = 55.236; CI = 11.39 to 267.80) compared to those who asked/relayed questions only "slightly effective" to "moderately effectively" (p < 0.001). Surgeons were similarly satisfied with their telemedicine experience (4.00/5.00 ± 0.89) and were confident in their diagnoses (4.20/5.00 ± 0.84). All surgeons responded they will continue using telemedicine. 30.7% of patients would choose telemedicine over an inperson visit. Conclusions: Telemedicine provides a viable platform for healthcare delivery with high patient and surgeon satisfaction. Most patients still prefer in-person visits for the post-pandemic future.


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COVID-19 , Telemedicine , Hand/surgery , Humans , Pandemics , Patient Satisfaction , SARS-CoV-2
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J Surg Oncol ; 127(7): 1203-1211, 2023 Jun.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2274094

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INTRODUCTION: The COVID-19 pandemic led to telemedicine adoption for many medical specialties, including surgical cancer care. To date, the evidence for patient experience of telemedicine among patients with cancer undergoing surgery is limited to quantitative surveys. Thus, this study qualitatively assessed the patient and caregiver experience of telehealth visits for surgical cancer care. METHODS: We conducted semistructured interviews with 25 patients with cancer and three caregivers who had completed a telehealth visit for preanesthesia or postoperative visits. Interviews covered visit descriptions, overall satisfaction, system experience, visit quality, what roles caregivers had, and thoughts on what types of surgery-related visits would be appropriate through telehealth versus in-person. RESULTS: Telehealth delivery for surgical cancer care was generally viewed positively. Multiple factors influenced the patient experience, including prior experience with telemedicine, ease of scheduling visits, smooth connection experiences, having access to technical support, high communication quality, and visit thoroughness. Participants identified use cases on telehealth for surgical cancer care, including postoperative visits for uncomplicated surgical procedures and educational visits. CONCLUSIONS: Patient experiences with telehealth for surgical care are influenced by smooth system experiences, high-quality patient-clinician communications, and a patient-centered focus. Interventions are needed to optimize telehealth delivery (e.g., improve telemedicine platform usability).


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COVID-19 , Neoplasms , Telemedicine , Humans , Caregivers , Pandemics , COVID-19/epidemiology , Qualitative Research , Patient Satisfaction , Neoplasms/surgery
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