Parental perceptions toward digital imaging and telemedicine for retinopathy of prematurity management

Joo Yeon Lee, Yunling E. Du, Osode Coki, John T. Flynn, Justin Starren, Michael Chiang

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Background: Telemedicine is an emerging technology with potential to improve care for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). This study evaluates parental perceptions about digital imaging and telemedicine for ROP care. Methods: During a 1-year period, one parent of each infant who underwent wide-field retinal imaging for ROP was given a questionnaire designed to evaluate parental perceptions using a 5-point Likert-type scale. Five items assessed perceptions toward digital retinal imaging, and ten items assessed attitudes toward telemedicine. Construct validity of the questionnaire was examined using factor analysis. Responses were summarized using descriptive and correlational statistics. Results: Forty-two parents participated. Factor analysis extracted two factors explaining 79% of the total variance in digital retinal imaging items (Cronbach's alpha = 0.843), and three factors explaining 63% of the total variance in telemedicine items (Cronbach's alpha = 0.631). Among digital imaging items, the highest mean (±SD) score was for "digital pictures of my child's retinopathy should be included in the permanent medical record" (4.4 ± 0.6), and the lowest was for "digital cameras and computers are reliable" (3.8 ± 0.8). Among telemedicine items, the highest mean (±SD) score was for "technology will improve the quality of medical care for my child" (4.3 ± 0.6), and the lowest was for "technology will make it harder for a patient and doctor to establish a good relationship" (2.6 ± 1.1). Conclusions: Parents reported positive perceptions about telemedical ROP diagnosis, but expressed some preference for face-to-face care. Telemedicine has potential to alter the nature of the patient-physician relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalGraefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Volume248
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Retinopathy of Prematurity
Telemedicine
Technology
Statistical Factor Analysis
Parents
Physician-Patient Relations
Quality of Health Care
Medical Records

Keywords

  • Medical informatics
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Retina
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Survey
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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Parental perceptions toward digital imaging and telemedicine for retinopathy of prematurity management. / Lee, Joo Yeon; Du, Yunling E.; Coki, Osode; Flynn, John T.; Starren, Justin; Chiang, Michael.

In: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Vol. 248, No. 1, 01.2010, p. 141-147.

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Lee, Joo Yeon ; Du, Yunling E. ; Coki, Osode ; Flynn, John T. ; Starren, Justin ; Chiang, Michael. / Parental perceptions toward digital imaging and telemedicine for retinopathy of prematurity management. In: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 2010 ; Vol. 248, No. 1. pp. 141-147.
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