Factors associated with telemedicine utilization among post-transplant patients at a university kidney and pancreas transplant center

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Introduction: Telemedicine has become prevalent during the novel-coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The study explored patient factors associated with telemedicine utilization among post-kidney and pancreas transplant patients at a university center. Methods and Results: After analyzing 2801 patients and their visits using chi-square test and logistic regression, we found that government-insured (P <.0001) post-kidney and pancreas transplant patients were less likely to use telemedicine. Sex (P =.748), patient race (P =.920), age groups (P =.812), and traveling distance (P =.837) were not associated with telemedicine use. Conclusion: Centers should consider focusing on the subgroup of government-insured patients to improve telemedicine use and future studies should consider exploring barriers for underutilization of telemedicine in this population.
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    Author List

  • Wei TR; Berner ES; Qu H; Agarwal G
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 4