Telemedicine for Surgical Consultations – Pandemic Response or Here to Stay?

A Report of Public Perceptions

Meredith J. Sorensen, MD, MS; Sarah Bessen, MPH; Julia Danford, BS; Christina Fleischer, BS; Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS


Annals of Surgery. 2020;272(3):e174-e180. 

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There is an abundance of enthusiasm for telemedicine from both patients and providers, and it seems that the public views it as an acceptable substitute, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it may be that an in-person interaction is still preferred when at all possible for initial surgical consultations. If expanded telemedicine services are to persist beyond social distancing, the impact it could have on patient satisfaction and the therapeutic relationship between surgeons and their patients will need to be further explored.