Clinician Satisfaction and Experience Using Teleconsultation during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan A Cross-Sectional Study

Document Type : Original Article

Authors

1 Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Ziauddin University, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

2 Department of Research and Development, AO Hospital, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

3 Department of Physiotherapy, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

4 Department of Pediatric and Child Health, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

10.4103/iahs.iahs_4_22

Abstract

Aims: 
During the pandemic of COVID-19, the sudden change in traditional health-care providing systems, clinicians experience some positive and negative aspects of the approach. This study evaluates the clinician's satisfaction and experience with the use of teleconsultation provided during the pandemic of novel coronavirus and their willingness to continue telehealth after the pandemic.
Materials and Methods: 
A cross-sectional survey was conducted online during the peak pandemic of COVID-19 in Pakistan through Google Forms questionnaire from 115 health consultants on different disciplines and recruited through social media. The questionnaire contains 15 questions regarding clinician's satisfaction, quality of treatment, and intention to continue providing telehealth services after the pandemic. Descriptive and inferential statistics were obtained by analyzing the data using SPSS software version 20, USA.
Results: 
One hundred and fifteen consultants, 28 males and 87 females participated in the study, in which 62% were found to have an average and 34% at a high level of satisfaction. The Kruskal–Wallis test showed a significant difference among different medical specialists in the continuation of telehealth services after the pandemic of COVID-19 (P = 0.003) and its recommendation to friends and family (P = 0.02) with high mean rank in endocrinologist and dermatologist.
Conclusions: 
A great number of participants reported a good response for the continuation in telemedicine services in their daily routine even after the pandemic situation. However, there is an urgent need to find the solution for the difficulties and drawbacks faced by health-care providers.

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