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The general public’s perspectives on telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic in Korea: analysis of a nationwide survey
EunKyo Kang, Hyejin Lee, Ki Jeong Hong, Jieun Yun, Jin Yong Lee, Yun-Chul Hong
Epidemiol Health. 2022;44:e2022020.   Published online February 4, 2022
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2022020
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Abstract
OBJECTIVES
We investigated the awareness, experience, approval, intention to use, and the desired type of telemedicine among Korean general public.
METHODS
From November to December 2020, we conducted an online self-reported survey on awareness, experience, approval, and intent to use telemedicine services among Korean residents aged 20 years or older. A total of 2,097 participants completed the survey.
RESULTS
Of the 2,097 participants, 1,558 (74.3%) were aware of, 1,198 (57.1%) approved of, and 1,474 (70.3%) had the intention to use telemedicine. Participants from regions other than the Seoul metropolitan area and Daegu–Gyeongbuk Province (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 1.29; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.02 to 1.63), households with a monthly household income of US$6,000 or more (aOR, 1.44; 95% CI, 1.01 to 2.08), participants who had a college/university or associate’s degree (aOR, 1.35. 95% CI, 1.04 to 1.75) or a master’s degree or above (aOR, 1.73; 95% CI, 1.20 to 2.50), and housewives (aOR, 1.30; 95% CI, 1.03 to 1.64) had higher odds of approval. Elderly participants, those with a chronic disease (aOR, 1.26; 95% CI, 1.04 to 1.54), those who had experienced delays of healthcare services (aOR, 1.94; 95% CI, 1.27 to 2.96), and those who had experience with telemedicine (aOR, 4.28; 95% CI, 1.69 to 10.82) were more likely to intend to use telemedicine services. Regarding types of telemedicine, teleconsultation between doctors showed the highest approval rate (73.1%).
CONCLUSIONS
In the context of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, more than 70% of participants had already used or intended to use telemedicine at some point. Groups with a substantial need for telemedicine were more in favor of telemedicine.
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Korean summary
대표성 있는 대상자에 대해 설문조사를 시행하였을 때, 74.3%가 원격의료에 대해 알고 있었다. 코로나19 유행지역, 소득이 높은 군, 대졸자 혹은 그 이상, 주부는 원격의료에 찬성할 가능성이 높았으며만성질환이 있는 고령자, 의료이용에 지연을 겪었던 사람, 원격의료를 이용해 본 사람은 원격의료 사용 의향이 더 높았다.
Key Message
We conducted an online self-reported survey on awareness, experience, approval, and intent to use telemedicine services among Korean residents aged 20 years or older. In the context of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, more than 70% of participants had already used or intended to use telemedicine at some point.

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