Bedside vs webside: Assessing patient-reported experiences for in-person and telemedicine-based perioperative evaluations

Am J Surg. 2023 May;225(5):847-851. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2023.02.026. Epub 2023 Feb 28.


Background: Though telemedicine has been identified as safe and feasible, data on patient reported experiences (PREs) are lacking. We sought to compare PREs between in-person and telemedicine-based perioperative care.

Methods: Patients evaluated from August-November 2021 were prospectively surveyed to assess experiences and satisfaction with care rendered during in-person and telemedicine-based encounters. Patient and hernia characteristics, encounter related plans, and PREs were compared between in-person and telemedicine-based care.

Results: Of 109 respondents (86% response rate), 55% (n = 60) utilized telemedicine-based perioperative care. Indirect costs were lower for patients using telemedicine-based services, including work absence (3% vs. 33%, P < 0.001), lost wages (0% vs. 14%, P = 0.003), and requirements for hotel accommodations (0% vs. 12%, P = 0.007). PREs related to telemedicine-based care were non-inferior to in-person care across all measured domains (P > 0.4).

Conclusions: Telemedicine-based care yields significant cost-savings over in-person care with similar patient satisfaction. These findings suggest that systems should focus on optimization of perioperative telemedicine services.

Keywords: Abdominal wall reconstruction; Digital health; Hernia; Patient reported experiences; Telemedicine.

MeSH terms

  • Cost Savings
  • Humans
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Telemedicine*