Objectives The spread of COVID-19 pandemic changed the approach in the management of neoplasms. Telemedicine was one of the tools we experienced to maintain the continuity of care for the patients. Our goal is to evaluate the impact of telemedicine in patients management during follow up visits and its emotional impact.
Methods We enrolled 79 women with gynecological cancer. SUTAQ questionnaire was used to highlight patients perception about telemedicine. The questionnaire consists of 22 items divided into different subscales: ‘Enhanced care’(EC), ‘Satisfaction’ (ST), ‘Privacy and Discomfort’(PD), ‘Care personnel concerns’ (CPC), ‘ Increased accessibility’ (IA) and ‘ Telemedicine as a Substitution’ (TMS) scales
Results Enrolled women had a mean age of 55 years (35 women ≤ 55 years and 44 women ≥ 55 years). The majority of them (61.54%; n=48) achieved a high school diploma or higher while (n=30) had a low educational level (middle school or lower); 87.3% (n=69) were employed and 70.89% (n=56) lived with their partner. Younger women had a better perception towards telemedicine for TMS (mean=3.68) compared to older ones (mean=3.05). The difference was statistically significant (p=0.025). The PD subscale was in favor of higher educated women (mean=2.57) compared to lower educated ones (mean=3.28; p=0.042). No significant differences were observed between intensive and non intensive treatment. EC, ST, IA, and PD reached good responsiveness towards telemedicine, irrespectively of care level.
Conclusions Telemedicine has been a well-evaluated tool, not only among younger and higher educated women but even by women needing intensive care.
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