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J Parkinsons Dis. 2019;9(2):401-404. doi: 10.3233/JPD-181557.

Patient Views on Telemedicine for Parkinson Disease.

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1
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, North Chicago, IL, USA.
2
Center for Health + Technology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA.
3
Simone Consulting Services, Silicon Valley, CA, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Telemedicine is increasingly used for Parkinson disease, but the perspectives of persons with Parkinson disease have not been systematically assessed.

METHODS:

We therefore conducted a national online survey, and 781 individuals with Parkinson disease responded.

RESULTS:

Of these, 76% indicated high interest, and 29% reported prior telemedicine experience. The top advantages included access to specialists (62%), convenience (60%), and time savings (59%). The most common disadvantages were the lack of hands-on care (69%), lack of intimacy (43%), and technical difficulties (37%).

CONCLUSIONS:

In this non-representative sample, interest in telemedicine was high but tempered by the concern for loss of high touch care.

KEYWORDS:

Movement disorders; Parkinson disease; telehealth; telemedicine

PMID:
31127732
DOI:
10.3233/JPD-181557

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