The study sought to determine the impact of a rurally focused telemedicine program on patient outcomes.
In a study presented at the Society of Urologic Oncology 21st Annual Meeting, researchers sought to determine the impact of a rurally focused telemedicine program on patient outcomes in the urologic oncology outpatient clinic at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC).
Ultimately, it was revealed that telemedicine provides a medium for cancer care delivery that eliminates the significant travel burden associated with in-person clinic appointments.
In an interview with CancerNetwork®, Adam J. Gadzinski, MD, MS, urologic oncology fellow and an acting instructor of Urologic Oncology at the Urology Clinic at UWMC, explained the design for the study.
So, this was simply put a kind of prospective study where patients who had visits either via in person or via telemedicine were given a post-visit survey that asked questions both about patient satisfaction with the survey itself or with the visit itself, but also questions about travel expenses. Did they have to spend a night in a hotel? How many miles did they travel for? And looked at the differences between patients who had to come to our clinic in person versus those who had a telemedicine visit.