ObjectiveThis study aimed to evaluate the experience with telemedicine in patients with cognitive impairments and their caregivers.MethodsWe conducted a survey-based study of patients who completed neurological consultation via video link between January and April 2022.ResultsA total of 62 eligible neurological video consultations were conducted for the following categories of patients: Alzheimer's disease (33.87%), amnesic mild cognitive impairment (24.19%), frontotemporal dementia (17.74%), Lewy body dementia (4.84%), mixed dementia (3.23%), subjective memory disorders (12.90%), non-amnesic mild cognitive impairment (1.61%), and multiple system atrophy (1.61%).The survey was successfully completed by 87.10% of the caregivers and directly by the patients in 12.90% of cases. Our data showed positive feedback regarding the telemedicine experience; both caregivers and patients reported that they found neurological video consultation useful (caregivers: 87.04%, 'very useful'; patients: 87.50%, 'very useful') and were satisfied overall (caregivers: 90.74%, 'very satisfied'; patients: 100%, 'very satisfied'). Finally, all caregivers (100%) agreed that neurological video consultation was a useful tool to reduce their burden (Visual Analogue Scale mean & PLUSMN; SD: 8.56 & PLUSMN; 0.69).ConclusionsTelemedicine is well received by patients and their caregivers. However, successful delivery incorporates support from staff and care partners to navigate technologies. The exclusion of older adults with cognitive impairment in developing telemedicine systems may further exacerbate access to care in this population. Adapting technologies to the needs of patients and their caregivers is critical for the advancement of accessible dementia care through telemedicine.

Telemedicine for cognitive impairment: a telephone survey of patients' experiences with neurological video consultation / Ruggiero, Fabiana; Zirone, Eleonora; Molisso, Maria Takeko; Carandini, Tiziana; Fumagalli, Giorgio; Pietroboni, Anna; Ferrucci, Roberta; Aiello, Edoardo Nicolò; Poletti, Barbara; Silani, Vincenzo; Comi, Giacomo; Scarpini, Elio; Barbieri, Sergio; Arighi, Andrea; Mameli, Francesca. - In: NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES. - ISSN 1590-1874. - 2023, 44:(2023), pp. 3885-3894. [10.1007/s10072-023-06903-9]

Telemedicine for cognitive impairment: a telephone survey of patients' experiences with neurological video consultation

Fumagalli, Giorgio;
2023-01-01

Abstract

ObjectiveThis study aimed to evaluate the experience with telemedicine in patients with cognitive impairments and their caregivers.MethodsWe conducted a survey-based study of patients who completed neurological consultation via video link between January and April 2022.ResultsA total of 62 eligible neurological video consultations were conducted for the following categories of patients: Alzheimer's disease (33.87%), amnesic mild cognitive impairment (24.19%), frontotemporal dementia (17.74%), Lewy body dementia (4.84%), mixed dementia (3.23%), subjective memory disorders (12.90%), non-amnesic mild cognitive impairment (1.61%), and multiple system atrophy (1.61%).The survey was successfully completed by 87.10% of the caregivers and directly by the patients in 12.90% of cases. Our data showed positive feedback regarding the telemedicine experience; both caregivers and patients reported that they found neurological video consultation useful (caregivers: 87.04%, 'very useful'; patients: 87.50%, 'very useful') and were satisfied overall (caregivers: 90.74%, 'very satisfied'; patients: 100%, 'very satisfied'). Finally, all caregivers (100%) agreed that neurological video consultation was a useful tool to reduce their burden (Visual Analogue Scale mean & PLUSMN; SD: 8.56 & PLUSMN; 0.69).ConclusionsTelemedicine is well received by patients and their caregivers. However, successful delivery incorporates support from staff and care partners to navigate technologies. The exclusion of older adults with cognitive impairment in developing telemedicine systems may further exacerbate access to care in this population. Adapting technologies to the needs of patients and their caregivers is critical for the advancement of accessible dementia care through telemedicine.
2023
Ruggiero, Fabiana; Zirone, Eleonora; Molisso, Maria Takeko; Carandini, Tiziana; Fumagalli, Giorgio; Pietroboni, Anna; Ferrucci, Roberta; Aiello, Edoar...espandi
Telemedicine for cognitive impairment: a telephone survey of patients' experiences with neurological video consultation / Ruggiero, Fabiana; Zirone, Eleonora; Molisso, Maria Takeko; Carandini, Tiziana; Fumagalli, Giorgio; Pietroboni, Anna; Ferrucci, Roberta; Aiello, Edoardo Nicolò; Poletti, Barbara; Silani, Vincenzo; Comi, Giacomo; Scarpini, Elio; Barbieri, Sergio; Arighi, Andrea; Mameli, Francesca. - In: NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES. - ISSN 1590-1874. - 2023, 44:(2023), pp. 3885-3894. [10.1007/s10072-023-06903-9]
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