Satisfaction with Telehealth Care in the United States: Cross-Sectional Survey.

Publication date: Mar 07, 2024

Background: Telehealth use remains high following the COVID-19 pandemic, but patient satisfaction with telehealth care is unclear. Methods: We used cross-sectional data from the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 6). 2,058 English and Spanish-speaking U. S. adults (≥18 years) with a telehealth visit in the 12 months before March-November 2022 were included in this study. The primary outcomes were telehealth visit modality and satisfaction in the 12 months before HINTS 6. We evaluated sociodemographic predictors of telehealth visit modality and satisfaction via Poisson regression. Analyses were weighted according to HINTS standards. Results: We included 2,058 participants (48. 4 +/- 16. 8 years; 57% women; 66% White), of which 70% had an audio-video and 30% an audio-only telehealth visit. Adults with an audio-video visit were more likely to have health insurance (adjusted prevalence ratio [aPR]: 1. 55, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1. 18-2. 04) and have an annual household income of ≥$75,000 (aPR: 1. 18, 95% CI: 1. 00-1. 39) and less likely to be ≥65 years (aPR: 0. 79, 95% CI: 0. 70-0. 89), adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics. No further inequities were noted by telehealth modality. Seventy-five percent of participants felt that their telehealth visits were as good as in-person care. No significant differences in telehealth satisfaction were observed across sociodemographic characteristics, telehealth modality, or the participants’ primary reason for their most recent telehealth visit in adjusted analysis. Conclusions: Among U. S. adults with a telehealth visit, the majority had an audio-video visit and were satisfied with their care. Telehealth should continue, being offered following COVID-19, as it is uniformly valued by patients.

Concepts Keywords
November health care disparities
Pandemic patient satisfaction
Spanish telemedicine


Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic

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