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?

Pereira AM, Almeida R, Amaral R, Alves-Correia M, Mendes S, Fonseca JA, Jácome C

Telemed J E Health - (-) - [2022-01-06; online 2022-01-06]

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.

Category: Public Health

Type: Journal article

PubMed 34990295

DOI 10.1089/tmj.2021.0462

Crossref 10.1089/tmj.2021.0462


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