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What Do Physicians Think About the Use of Telemedicine to Recruit and Assess Participants in mHealth-Related Clinical Studies as a Consequence of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Authors
  • Pereira, Ana Margarida1, 2, 3
  • Almeida, Rute1, 2
  • Amaral, Rita1, 2, 4, 5
  • Alves-Correia, Magna1, 3, 6
  • Mendes, Sandra1
  • Fonseca, João Almeida1, 2, 3, 6
  • Jácome, Cristina1, 2
  • 1 Faculty of Medicine, Center for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS), University of Porto, Porto, Portugal. , (Portugal)
  • 2 Department of Community Medicine, Information and Health Decision Sciences (MEDCIDS), Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal. , (Portugal)
  • 3 Allergy Unit, Instituto and Hospital CUF-Porto, Porto, Portugal. , (Portugal)
  • 4 Department of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences, Porto Health School, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal. , (Portugal)
  • 5 Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatric Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 6 MEDIDA - Medicina, Educação, Investigação, Desenvolvimento e Avaliação, Porto, Portugal. , (Portugal)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
9
Pages
1386–1392
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1089/tmj.2021.0462
PMID: 34990295
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate physician's opinion and availability to participate in mHealth-related clinical studies with patient recruitment and assessment via telemedicine and to identify characteristics associated with the willingness to participate. Methods: Cross-sectional, observational study, based on an anonymous web survey conducted in May-Jun of 2020 to 237 physicians, from Portugal and Spain that collaborated with an asthma mHealth project (INSPIRERS). Results: Response rate was 51% (n = 120). Most (74%, n = 89) physicians were available to participate in such studies, but 62% anticipated lower recruiting capacity and 40% increased difficulty in obtaining quality data. Physicians aged ≤40 years, from secondary care (vs. general practitioners) and that used apps in personal life or clinical practice were more likely to be available. Conclusions: Three-quarters of the physicians were available to participate in mHealth-related clinical studies with patient recruitment and assessment through telemedicine. Age group, medical specialty, and app use were associated with the willingness to participate.

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