A Survey of Perspectives on Telemedicine for Patients With Parkinson’s Disease

Jae Young Joo, Ji Young Yun, Young Eun Kim, Yu Jin Jung, Ryul Kim, Hui Jun Yang, Woong Woo Lee, Aryun Kim, Han Joon Kim

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Objective Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients often find it difficult to visit hospitals because of motor symptoms, distance to the hospital, or the absence of caregivers. Telemedicine is one way to solve this problem. Methods We surveyed 554 PD patients from eight university hospitals in Korea. The questionnaire consisted of the clinical char-acteristics of the participants, possible teleconferencing methods, and preferences for telemedicine. Results A total of 385 patients (70%) expressed interest in receiving telemedicine. Among them, 174 preferred telemedicine whereas 211 preferred in-person visits. The longer the duration of disease, and the longer the time required to visit the hospital, the more patients were interested in receiving telemedicine. Conclusion This is the first study on PD patients’ preferences regarding telemedicine in Korea. Although the majority of patients with PD have a positive view of telemedicine, their interest in receiving telemedicine depends on their different circumstances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-93
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Movement Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2024

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  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Preference
  • Telemedicine


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