Development of a remote monitoring satisfaction survey and its use in a clinical trial with lung transplant recipients

J Telemed Telecare. 2012 Jan;18(1):42-6. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2011.110413. Epub 2011 Nov 8.


We developed an instrument to measure the satisfaction of lung transplant recipients with home monitoring. The survey comprised 15 items, each scored on a five-point Likert-type scale (from strongly disagree to strongly agree). Three additional free-text items enabled subjects to provide comments. The survey had a scoring range of 15-75. In a test group of 43 patients, the internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha) was 0.93 overall for all questions. The intra-class correlation for scores from the same 27 patients approximately 2.5 months apart was 0.77 for the total score. The survey was used to evaluate subject satisfaction in a randomized controlled trial of a computerized algorithm for triaging lung transplant recipients. Surveys were mailed to 50 study subjects and were returned by 32 (64% return rate). Ninety percent of respondents were satisfied with the home monitoring programme and would recommend it to other patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Home Care Services / standards*
  • Humans
  • Lung Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Psychometrics
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / methods
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self Care
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • Telemedicine / standards*
  • Triage / methods
  • Young Adult