Changes in Telehealth Experienced by Advanced Practice RNs During COVID-19: US Survey Results

Comput Inform Nurs. 2023 Jul 1;41(7):507-513. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000979.


The sudden, expanded need for telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic added to the challenges advanced practice RNs face in the United States. The purposes of this article are to summarize advanced practice RNs' responses about the use of telehealth before and during the pandemic and to analyze free-text comments about how the use of telehealth changed during the pandemic. A 20-item survey was distributed using convenience sampling to advanced practice RNs from June 1 to September 23, 2020. Analyses of descriptive and open text responses related to telehealth were conducted. Most of the respondents did not use telehealth prior to the pandemic (n = 5441 [73%]), but during the pandemic, half used telehealth at least daily (n = 3682 [49%]). The most common barriers related to telehealth were about the difficulty some populations had in accessing the necessary technology. The most common favorable comments cited by respondents were related to some patients' improved access to care. Telehealth use is unlikely to return to prepandemic levels. As a result, considerations of telehealth-related recommendations provided for advanced practice RN education, policy, and practice are encouraged for the purpose of increasing healthcare access.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Policy
  • Telemedicine*