What drives attitude towards telemedicine among families of pediatric patients? A survey

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Background: Telemedicine has been recognized as a way to improve accessibility, quality, and efficiency of care. In view of the introduction of new telemedicine services, we conducted a survey through a self-administered questionnaire among families of children attending the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital IRCCS, a tertiary care children's hospital located in Rome, Italy. Methods: We investigated sociodemographic data, clinical information, technological profile, attitude towards telemedicine, perceived advantages of telemedicine, fears regarding telemedicine, willingness to use a smartphone app providing telemedicine services and willingness to use a televisit service. Through logistic regression, we explored the effect of sociodemographic and clinical variables and technological profile on willingness of using a telemedicine app and a televisit service. Results: We enrolled a total of 751 families. Most patients had a high technological profile, 81% had at least one account on a social network. Whatsapp was the most popular messaging service (76%). Seventy-two percent of patients would use an app for telemedicine services and 65% would perform a televisit. Owning a tablet was associated with both outcome variables - respectively: OR 2.216, 95% CI 1.358-3.616 (app) and OR 2.117, 95% CI 1.415-3.168 (televisit). Kind of hospitalization, diagnosis of a chronic disease, disease severity and distance from the health care center were not associated with the outcome variables. Conclusion: Families of pediatric patients with different clinical problems are keen to embark in telemedicine programs, independently from severity of disease or chronicity, and of distance from the hospital.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21
JournalBMC Pediatrics
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 17 2017

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Telemedicine
Pediatrics
Surveys and Questionnaires
Drive
Quality of Health Care
Tertiary Healthcare
Social Support
Italy
Tablets
Fear
Hospitalization
Chronic Disease
Logistic Models
Delivery of Health Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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