Memorial Sloan Kettering Study on Patient Satisfaction in the Time of Telemedicine
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed medicine as we’ve traditionally known it. Now the question is: will telemedicine be here to stay? The answer to that question lies in the hands of patients. What are their thoughts on telemedicine versus traditional office visits? A recent study conducted by Memorial Sloan Kettering’s radiation oncology department found no significant difference in patient satisfaction between the two appointment types.
What are the findings?
The results showed that most patients received no difference in quality of care. Not only that, they understood their treatment plan just the same and with the same level of confidence in their physician as they did in person. What stood out, however, was that a significant portion of respondents appreciated not having to commute to the office. That convenience saved them money and time.
Even without any incentives, almost 3,000 patients responded to text message surveys. From those surveys, the hospital system assessed and separated data by demographics such as race, diagnosis, and prognosis. These metrics all impact how these patients will perceive their care. Also, all age groups replied, with patients ranging from ages 19 to 91. What this reveals is that even seniors expressed their concerns via technology.
Quality Reviews gathered all of the crucial data with patient feedback technology. Then the radiation oncology department gleaned from the collected data and used it to address strengths and weaknesses. The team even gave attention to pandemic concerns. According to the data, 34% of participants worried that their cancer care would be negatively impacted by the pandemic. Despite that fear, only 8% had doubts that their cancer would be successfully treated. The results showed telemedicine patient satisfaction.
The Bottom Line
With the assistance of our seamless platform that gives frontline staff the ability to receive real time feedback, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reviewed every single survey of every vulnerable patient.