Introduction: Telemedicine is a most used tools in various medical and surgical scenarios. The aim of the present study was to explore attitudes and perceptions by urologic patients toward the use of telemedicine in the context of patient-physicians communication during the post-operative follow-up in a large academic tertiary urology referral department in Italy. Materials and methods: An anonymous questionnaire consisting of 15 multiple choice questions was designed including three sections: respondents' demographics, attitudes, and perceptions towards the use of telemedicine. Invitations to participate to this anonymous questionnaire was given to outpatients attended at Urology Department, University of Naples Federico II. Results: In total 697 responses were received (participation rate 73%). The frequency of telemedicine use was described as frequently, occasional, rarely, and never by 41.6%, 30.4%, 15.1%, and 12.6% of respondents, respectively. WhatsApp messenger used by 59.5% of respondents and telephone call (34.3%) were the most common type of tools. Satisfaction in using telemedicine was reported as very satisfied, satisfied, neutral, dissatisfied, and very dissatisfied by 39.6%,41.4%,10%,7% and 2% of respondents respectively. Overall, 43.7%% of participants individuated limited interaction and risk of misdiagnosis as the major limit of telemedicine. Conclusions: Telemedicine represents the future of medical practice due to several benefits as well as convenience, increased access to care and decreased healthcare costs.

Perceptions and attitudes toward the use of telemedicine for the postoperative outpatient urological care during the COVID-19 pandemic in an Academic Hospital in Southern Italy / Mirone, Vincenzo; Celentano, Giuseppe; Collà Ruvolo, Claudia; Cirillo, Luigi; Fusco, Giovanni Maria; Abate, Marco; Morra, Simone; Di Bello, Francesco; Califano, Gianluigi; Mirone, Claudia; Cacace, Gianluigi; Morgera, Vincenzo; La Rocca, Roberto; Capece, Marco; Longo, Nicola; Napolitano, Luigi; Creta, Massimiliano. - In: ARCHIVIO ITALIANO DI UROLOGIA ANDROLOGIA. - ISSN 2282-4197. - 94:4(2022), pp. 375-379. [10.4081/aiua.2022.4.375]

Perceptions and attitudes toward the use of telemedicine for the postoperative outpatient urological care during the COVID-19 pandemic in an Academic Hospital in Southern Italy

Mirone, Vincenzo;Cirillo, Luigi;Fusco, Giovanni Maria;Abate, Marco;Morra, Simone;Di Bello, Francesco;Califano, Gianluigi;Cacace, Gianluigi;Morgera, Vincenzo;La Rocca, Roberto;Capece, Marco;Longo, Nicola;Creta, Massimiliano
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Introduction: Telemedicine is a most used tools in various medical and surgical scenarios. The aim of the present study was to explore attitudes and perceptions by urologic patients toward the use of telemedicine in the context of patient-physicians communication during the post-operative follow-up in a large academic tertiary urology referral department in Italy. Materials and methods: An anonymous questionnaire consisting of 15 multiple choice questions was designed including three sections: respondents' demographics, attitudes, and perceptions towards the use of telemedicine. Invitations to participate to this anonymous questionnaire was given to outpatients attended at Urology Department, University of Naples Federico II. Results: In total 697 responses were received (participation rate 73%). The frequency of telemedicine use was described as frequently, occasional, rarely, and never by 41.6%, 30.4%, 15.1%, and 12.6% of respondents, respectively. WhatsApp messenger used by 59.5% of respondents and telephone call (34.3%) were the most common type of tools. Satisfaction in using telemedicine was reported as very satisfied, satisfied, neutral, dissatisfied, and very dissatisfied by 39.6%,41.4%,10%,7% and 2% of respondents respectively. Overall, 43.7%% of participants individuated limited interaction and risk of misdiagnosis as the major limit of telemedicine. Conclusions: Telemedicine represents the future of medical practice due to several benefits as well as convenience, increased access to care and decreased healthcare costs.
2022
Perceptions and attitudes toward the use of telemedicine for the postoperative outpatient urological care during the COVID-19 pandemic in an Academic Hospital in Southern Italy / Mirone, Vincenzo; Celentano, Giuseppe; Collà Ruvolo, Claudia; Cirillo, Luigi; Fusco, Giovanni Maria; Abate, Marco; Morra, Simone; Di Bello, Francesco; Califano, Gianluigi; Mirone, Claudia; Cacace, Gianluigi; Morgera, Vincenzo; La Rocca, Roberto; Capece, Marco; Longo, Nicola; Napolitano, Luigi; Creta, Massimiliano. - In: ARCHIVIO ITALIANO DI UROLOGIA ANDROLOGIA. - ISSN 2282-4197. - 94:4(2022), pp. 375-379. [10.4081/aiua.2022.4.375]
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