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Attitudes of the Public to Receiving Medical Care during Emergencies through Remote Physician–Patient Communications

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Emergency Management & Disaster Medicine Department., School of Public Health, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, 39040 Tel Aviv, Israel
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Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Meuhedet Health Services, Eben Gabirol 124, 62038 Tel Aviv, Israel
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(14), 5236; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145236
Received: 8 May 2020 / Revised: 12 July 2020 / Accepted: 14 July 2020 / Published: 20 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Health Communication)
Providing health services through remote communications for sub-acute health issues during emergencies may help reduce the burden of the health care system and increase availability of care. This study aimed to investigate the attitudes of the public towards receiving medical services and providing medical information through remote communication in times of emergencies. During the pandemic outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), pandemic outbreak, 507 participants answered a structured online survey, rating their mean willingness to receive medical care and provide medical information, on a four-point Likert scale. Furthermore, demographic characteristics, social media use, and trust in data protection was collected. The mean willingness to receive medical services was 3.1 ± 0.6 and the mean willingness to provide medical information was 3.0 ± 0.7, with a strong significant correlation between the two (r = 0.76). The multiple regression model identified higher trust in data protection, level of education, and social media use as statistically significant predictors for a higher willingness to receive medical information while the first two predicted willingness to provide information. The findings suggest an overall positive attitude to receive medical care through remote communications. View Full-Text
Keywords: remote communications; patient willingness; emergency management remote communications; patient willingness; emergency management
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Hamlin, M.; Steingrimsson, S.; Cohen, I.; Bero, V.; Bar-Tl, A.; Adini, B. Attitudes of the Public to Receiving Medical Care during Emergencies through Remote Physician–Patient Communications. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5236.

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