Patient Satisfaction with Telehealth at an Academic Medical Center Primary Care Clinic

Hannah Verma, Daisuke Hasegawa, Danielle L. Tepper, Alfred P. Burger, Matthew A. Weissman

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Objective: To determine whether the quality of the patient experience differs between video visits and in-person visits for primary care. Methods: Using patient satisfaction survey results from patients who had visits with the internal medicine faculty primary care practice at a large urban academic hospital in New York City from 2018 to 2022, we compared results regarding satisfaction with the clinic, physician, and ease of access to care between patients who attended a video visit and those who attended an in-person appointment. Logistic regression analyses were performed to determine if there was a statistically significant difference in patient experience. Results: In total, 9,862 participants were included in analysis. Mean age of respondents attending in-person visits was 59.0; mean age of respondents attending telemedicine visits was 56.0. There was no statistically significant difference in scores between the in-person and telemedicine groups for likelihood of recommending the practice to others, quality of time spent with the doctor, and how well the clinical team explained care. Patient satisfaction was significantly higher in the telemedicine group compared with the in-person group for ability to get an appointment when needed (4.48 – 1.00 vs. 4.34 – 1.04, p < 0.001), how helpful and courteous the person who assisted them was (4.64 – 0.83 vs. 4.61 – 0.79, p = 0.009), and ease of reaching the office through phone (4.55 – 0.97 vs. 4.46 – 0.96, p < 0.001). Conclusions: This analysis demonstrated parity in patient satisfaction for traditional in-person visits and telemedicine visits in primary care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalTelemedicine Journal and e-Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024


  • patient experience
  • primary care
  • quality
  • telehealth
  • video visits


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