The other side of teledermatology: Patient preferences

Mitra Mofid, Thomas S Nesbitt, Robin Knuttel

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Abstract

We studied patient preferences for a real-time teledermatology consultation or a conventional dermatology consultation. Dermatology patients were given the option of being seen by a dermatologist at their outlying primary care site via telemedicine or of being examined face-to-face by the same dermatologist at the primary care site. The same dermatologist provided the teleconsultations and the conventional consultations. During a 16-month study period, 52 patients were evaluated via telemedicine and 46 patients were seen face-to-face. The demographics for both study groups were similar. Those patients who selected telemedicine were more likely to have seen a dermatologist fewer than twice during the previous year, more likely to self-describe themselves in excellent health and more likely to choose a face-to-face evaluation when presenting with a possible skin cancer or a mole. Patients aged 56 years or less tended to be more likely to be seen via telemedicine, although the association with age was not significant (P=0.06). This information may help providers to devise strategies to direct patients to telemedicine if and when it is appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-250
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)

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