Evaluation of teleconsultation system in the urological patient during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has led to rapid implementation of telemedicine, but there is little information on patient satisfaction of this system as an alternative to face-to-face care.

To evaluate urological patient satisfaction with teleconsultation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Observational, prospective, cross-sectional, non-interventional study carried out by telephone survey during the period considered as the peak of the pandemic (March-April 2020). A quality survey composed of 11 questions on urological care provided by physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic was conducted, selecting a representative sample of patients attended by teleconsultation.

Two hundred patients were contacted by telephone to answer a survey on the quality of teleconsultation. The distribution of patients surveyed among the specialized consultations was homogeneous with the number of consultations cited in the period; 18% of them required assistance from family members. Sixty percent of patients avoided going to a medical center during the pandemic. Of the surveyed patients, 42% had cancelled diagnostic tests, 59% had cancelled medical consultations, 3.5% had cancelled treatments and 1% had cancelled interventions. Ten percent reported a worsening of urological symptoms during confinement. According to physicians, consultations were effectively delivered in 72% of cases, with teleconsultation being carried out by their usual urologist in 81%. Teleconsultation overall satisfaction level was 9 (IQI8-10), and 61.5% of respondents consider teleconsultation as a «health care option» after the healthcare crisis.

Teleconsultation has been evaluated with a high level of satisfaction during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering continuous care to urological patients during the healthcare crisis. The perceived quality offers a field of optional telematic assistance in selected patients, which should be re-evaluated in a period without confinement measures.

Actas urologicas espanolas. 2020 Jun 18 [Epub]

A Leibar Tamayo, E Linares Espinós, E Ríos González, C Trelles Guzmán, M Álvarez-Maestro, C de Castro Guerín, E Fernández-Pascual, M Girón de Francisco, J M Gómez de Vicente, J Gómez Rivas, J A Mainez Rodriguez, J R Pérez-Carral, M J Garcia-Matres, L Martinez-Piñeiro

Servicio de Urología, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, España. Electronic address: ., Servicio de Urología, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, España.

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