[Acceptance of video consultation among patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases depends on gender and location-Results of an online survey among patients and physicians]

Introduction:

In order to successfully integrate telemedicine into the daily routine of rheumatology, both the patient’s and the physician’s perspective are important. For this purpose, a detailed study by means of a web-based survey was conducted by the Working Group Young Rheumatology (AGJR) of the German Society for Rheumatology (DGRh) and the German Rheumatism League National Association. By means of subgroup analysis of the data regarding video consultation, the aim was now to find out which requirements and wishes patients and physicians have for video consultations.

Methods:

The prospective survey was distributed via social media, QR code and email. Descriptive statistics and regression analysis related to video consultation were performed and correlations were shown.

Results:

The data indicated positive attitudes toward video consultation on the part of both patients (n = 299) and rheumatologists (n = 129). A correlation between age and positive opinion of the video consultation was found among the patients (r = 0.161, p = 0.006), especially among female patients a positive approval of the video consultation was found with increasing age (r = 0.244, p < 0.001 to male patients: r = -0.190, p = 0.145). Regarding the travelling time to the treating rheumatologist, male patients found the video consultation more attractive with increasing travelling time (r = 0.229, p = 0.078). With respect to the wishes of patients and physicians, video consultation should be used primarily for follow-up or emergency appointments. Video consultation for initial appointments, on the other hand, was very rarely mentioned.

Conclusion:

During the COVID 19 pandemic, video consultation was increasingly popular among rheumatology patients as well as among rheumatologists.

Summary:

INTRODUCTION: In order to successfully integrate telemedicine into everyday rheumatology, both the patient and the doctor’s perspective are important. To this end, a detailed study using a web-based survey was carried out by the Young Rheumatology Working Group of the German Society for Rheumatology (DGRh) and the German Rheuma-Liga Bundesverband e. V. carried out. By means of a subgroup analysis of the data with regard to the video consultation, it was now necessary to find out which requirements and wishes were placed on the video consultation among the patients and doctors.

Methods:

The prospective survey was distributed via social media, QR code and email. Descriptive statistics and regression analyzes with regard to the video consultation were carried out and correlations were shown.

Results:

The data show a positive attitude towards the video consultation on the part of the patients (n = 299) as well as the rheumatologists (n = 129). A correlation between age and positive opinion about the video consultation was found among the patients (r = 0.161, p = 0.006), especially among the female patients, there was a positive response to the video consultation with increasing age (r = 0.244, p <0.001) to male patients: r = −0.190, p = 0.145). With regard to the travel time to the treating rheumatologist, the male patients tended to go to the video consultation as the travel time increased (r = 0.229, p = 0.078), but this was only slightly positive. With regard to the wishes of patients and doctors, the video consultation should be used primarily for follow-up or emergency appointments. A video consultation for the first screenings, however, was only very rarely requested.

Conclusion:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the video consultation received increasing popularity among rheumatological patients as well as among the treating rheumatologists.

Keywords:

COVID-19 pandemic; Online survey; Patient care; Rheumatic inflammatory systemic diseases; Video consultation.

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