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Brief communication A survey on the patients’ perspective on the telemedicine for patients with Parkinson’s disease
Jae Young Joo1,9, Ji Young Yun2, Young Eun Kim3, Yu Jin Jung4, Ryul Kim5, Hui-Jun Yang6, Woong-Woo Lee7, Aryun Kim8, Han Joon Kim9corresp_icon

DOI: [Accepted]
Published online: August 22, 2023
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1Department of Neurology, Uijeongbu Eulji Medical Center, Eulji University, Uijeongbu, Korea
2Department of Neurology, Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, Korea
3Department of Neurology, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Anyang, Korea
4Department of Neurology, Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
5Department of Neurology, Inha University Hospital, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea
6Department of Neurology, Ulsan University Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan, Korea
7Department of Neurology, Nowon Eulji Medical Center, Eulji University, Seoul, Korea
8Department of Neurology, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Cheongju, Korea
9Department of Neurology, Movement Disorder Center, College of Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding author:  Han Joon Kim, Tel: 82-2-2072-2278, Fax: 82-2-3672-7553, 
Received: 12 July 2023   • Revised: 1 August 2023   • Accepted: 21 August 2023

PD patients often find it difficult to visit hospitals because of the motor symptoms, distance to the hospital, or absence of caregivers. Telemedicine is one way to solve this problem.
We surveyed 554 PD patients from eight university hospitals in Korea. The questionnaire consisted of clinical characteristics of participants, possible teleconferencing methods, and preference of telemedicine.
A total of 385 patients (70%) had interest to receive telemedicine. Among them, 174 preferred telemedicine whereas 211 preferred in-person visit. The longer the duration of disease, and the longer the time required to visit the hospital, the more the patients have interest to receive telemedicine.
This is the first study on PD patients' preference for telemedicine in Korea. Although the majority of patients with PD have a positive perspective on telemedicine, their interest to receive telemedicine depends on their different circumstance.

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