Assessment of Patients' Perception of Telemedicine Services Using the Service User Technology Acceptability Questionnaire

Dario, C., Luisotto, E., Dal Pozzo, E., Mancin, S., Aletras, V., Newman, S. P., Gubian, L. & Saccavini, C. (2016). Assessment of Patients' Perception of Telemedicine Services Using the Service User Technology Acceptability Questionnaire. International Journal of Integrated Care, 16(2), 13.. doi: 10.5334/ijic.2219

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Abstract

Introduction: The purpose of this paper is to assess if similar telemedicine services integrated in the management of different chronic diseases are acceptable and well perceived by patients or if there are any negative perceptions.

Theory and methods: Participants suffering from different chronic diseases were enrolled in Veneto Region and gathered into clusters. Each cluster received a similar telemedicine service equipped with different disease-specific measuring devices. Participants were patients with diabetes (n = 163), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (n = 180), congestive heart failure (n = 140) and Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (n = 1635). The Service User Technology Acceptability Questionnaire (SUTAQ) was initially translated, culturally adapted and pretested and subsequently used to assess patients’ perception of telemedicine. Data were collected after 3 months and after 12 months from the beginning of the intervention. Data for patients with implantable devices was collected only at 12 months.

Results: Results at 12 months for all clusters are similar and assessed a positive perception of telemedicine. The SUTAQ results for clusters 2 (diabetes), 5 (COPD) and 7 (CHF) after 3 months of intervention were confirmed after 12 months.

Conclusions: Telemedicine was perceived as a viable addition to usual care. A positive perception for telemedicine services isn’t a transitory effect, but extends over the course of time.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: telemedicine, acceptability, chronic, perception, integrated care, HTA
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Research Unit
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/17199

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