Original Article

IJMDC. 2022; 6(9): 1122-1128

Evaluating diabetic patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward telemedicine visits during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic

Authors: Feda Saad Hammad Alkhowaiter, Manal Awadh Almutairi, Njoud Saud Ghazi Alshammari.

ABSTRACT

Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 demands more awareness of telemedicine among the Saudi community. Few studies address the perception of diabetic patients about telemedicine in Saudi Arabia. This study aimed to examine the attitude and perception of diabetic patients regarding telemedicine and to address the factors affecting satisfaction. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among diabetic patients in Saudi Arabia from March to June 2022. A structured self-prepared questionnaire was developed by Google Forms and distrusted through social media platforms. All statistical calculations were performed using: Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 26. Results: One hundred diabetic patients completed the questionnaire. About 55% were females. The majority (94.8%) were Saudi, aged more than 40 years (77.6%), married (82%), unemployed (62%), hold a bachelor’s degree (51%), and 45% had diabetes more than 5 years. About 56% experienced only audio calls, 30% experienced video calls, and 14% experienced both. Most participants (93%) were not confused during telehealth consultation, 78.8% were satisfied with the experience in general, 83% would recommend it to others, and 49% see that telehealth can be the primary mean of counseling shortly. More than half of the participants (62%) mentioned that they prefer to see a physician in person. Patients younger than 40 reported a significantly higher satisfaction rate with telehealth (95.5%) than older patients (73.3%), p = 0.037. Conclusion: Diabetic patients were generally satisfied with telehealth consultations. Further studies are needed to examine how to enhance patients’ experiences and explore their preferences.

Keywords:
Diabetes, telemedicine, telehealth, COVID-19, Saudi Arabia


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Evaluating diabetic patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward telemedicine visits during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic


Authors
Feda Saad Hammad Alkhowaiter
Internal Medicine Department, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
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Manal Awadh Almutairi
Internal Medicine Department, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
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Njoud Saud Ghazi Alshammari
Internal Medicine Department, Hail University, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Internal Medicine Department, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia.; Fedaskh@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 08 Aug 2022
Accepted 15 Aug 2022
Published online 12 Sep 2022
Published in print 23 Sep 2022

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Alkhowaiter FSH, Almutairi MA, Alshammari NSG. Evaluating diabetic patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward telemedicine visits during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. IJMDC. 2022; 6(9): 1122-1128. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1658359912


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Alkhowaiter FSH, Almutairi MA, Alshammari NSG. Evaluating diabetic patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward telemedicine visits during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=85172 [Access: December 03, 2022]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1658359912


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Alkhowaiter FSH, Almutairi MA, Alshammari NSG. Evaluating diabetic patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward telemedicine visits during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. IJMDC. 2022; 6(9): 1122-1128. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1658359912


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Alkhowaiter FSH, Almutairi MA, Alshammari NSG. Evaluating diabetic patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward telemedicine visits during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. IJMDC. (2022), [cited December 03, 2022]; 6(9): 1122-1128. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1658359912


Harvard Style

Alkhowaiter, F. S. H., Almutairi, . M. A. & Alshammari, . N. S. G. (2022) Evaluating diabetic patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward telemedicine visits during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. IJMDC, 6 (9), 1122-1128. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1658359912


Turabian Style

Alkhowaiter, Feda Saad Hammad, Manal Awadh Almutairi, and Njoud Saud Ghazi Alshammari. 2022. Evaluating diabetic patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward telemedicine visits during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (9), 1122-1128. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1658359912


Chicago Style

Alkhowaiter, Feda Saad Hammad, Manal Awadh Almutairi, and Njoud Saud Ghazi Alshammari. "Evaluating diabetic patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward telemedicine visits during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6 (2022), 1122-1128. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1658359912


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alkhowaiter, Feda Saad Hammad, Manal Awadh Almutairi, and Njoud Saud Ghazi Alshammari. "Evaluating diabetic patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward telemedicine visits during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6.9 (2022), 1122-1128. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1658359912


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alkhowaiter, F. S. H., Almutairi, . M. A. & Alshammari, . N. S. G. (2022) Evaluating diabetic patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward telemedicine visits during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (9), 1122-1128. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1658359912


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