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Acta Neurológica Colombiana

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Abstract

RODRIGUEZ, Nandy et al. Neurologist and patients satisfaction with epilepsy diagnosis in the epilepsy follow-up clinic through synchronous telemedicine. Hospital San José (Arjona - Bolívar), 2014-2015. Acta Neurol Colomb. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.3, pp.253-260. ISSN 0120-8748.

Introduction: the high demand for specialist neurology services and the short supply of trained specialists, mainly in remote areas for geographical or political circumstances, force us to look for new resources such as telemedicine to improve the offer of this services. Objective: to explore the degree of neurologist and patients satisfation with epilepsy telemedicine clinic at the Hospital of Arjona in Bolivar with connection to San José Hospital in Bogotá. Materials and Methods: a prospective observational study in patients older than 15 years diagnosed with epilepsy. The assessment tool neurologist and satisfaction of patients, containing a scale used in Canada, which consists of nineteen questions, validated to spanish through the pilot test in 2012 by our group of Neurology and Telemedicine, implemented to evaluate the satisfaction of patients with epilepsy in a neurology clinic through telemedicine. In addition, this questionnaire is designed according to Thurstone scale consisting of five possible answers, which in order are: "Strongly disagree", "Disagree", "Neutral", "Agree", "Strongly agree". The recruitment of patients was done through posters alluding to study one to two months before the survey. Results: 39 patients, of whom 51.3% were women, were assessed with an average age 35 years ± 16. The pzatient satisfaction with telemedicine clinic was rated "strongly agree" in 83.8%, 91.9% see telemedicine as an acceptable way to receive health care and 94.6% consider it saves more money compared to conventional clinic. Both neurologists satisfaction with telemedicine is distributed evenly between "strongly agree" and "agree". Conclusion: with the results of this study, we can conclude that patients and neurologist are satisfied with the use of this resource, this method being an alternative for health care.

Keywords : Epilepsy; Satisfaction; Telemedicine (MeSH).

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