Evaluation of the Use of Telehealth Video Visits for Veterans With Chronic Pain.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Background

Telehealth video visits are essential for delivering timely care while mitigating exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth video visits have the potential to improve missed appointments, reduce costs associated with Veterans Affairs (VA) travel reimbursement, and lead to positive patient and provider satisfaction.

Aims

This evidence-based improvement project sought to evaluate whether telehealth visits reduce the occurrence of missed appointments, determine cost savings associated with the VA travel reimbursement and assess patient and provider satisfaction with telehealth video visits.

Design

Evidence-based improvement project.

Setting

A retrospective chart review was conducted on military veterans with chronic pain who completed a telehealth video visit in the VA San Diego (VASD) pain clinic.

Methods

Missed appointment rates were compared from before (April 1, 2019-October 1, 2019) to after (April 1, 2020-October 1, 2020) implementation of the telehealth video visits. Estimated travel reimbursement for qualified patients was calculated per VA policy. Electronic satisfaction surveys were administered to patients and nurse practitioners to assess satisfaction with telehealth video visits.

Results

There was an 82.5% reduction in missed appointments from pre to post implementation of telehealth video visits. There was an estimated cost savings in travel reimbursements of $3,308.30. Overall, 93.62% of patients (n = 42) were satisfied with their video visits and there was a high degree of satisfaction in implementing video visits among the nurse practitioners (n = 3).

Conclusions

The use of telehealth video visits during the COVID-19 pandemic reduced missed appointments, exhibited cost savings in VA travel reimbursement, and led to positive patient and provider satisfaction.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mathews, CP; Convoy, S; Heyworth, L; Knisely, M

Published Date

  • August 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 418 - 423

PubMed ID

  • 35331651

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8934702

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8635

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1524-9042

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pmn.2022.02.006

Language

  • eng