Telemedicine in Parkinson patients, what are their preferences and why. Are they afraid of approaching the hospital in relation to the COVID19 infection?

By Dr Carolina Diaz Miralles, Consultant Geriatrician, Pilgrim Hospital Boston



To determine the breakdown of virtual and face-to-face clinics held in January and February 2021, establish patient preferences, and understand the role fear of COVID plays in clinic attendance.


  • The service introduced telemedicine during the pandemic, and has continued to offer remote appointments
  • Understanding if fear of COVCID infection affects patient preference on clinic type will help staff to promote face-to-face appointments when necessary
  • A telephone survey found no patients were afraid to attend clinic because of COVID
  • People with mobility issues preferred remote appointments
  • People without mobility issues preferred face to face appointments

Key findings

A total of 19 people answered a telephone survey during a remote appointment. It found that:

  • 89.5% (n=17) preferred face to face clinics
  • 10.5% (n=2) preferred phone clinics due to mobility issues
  • 100% were satisfied with the remote appointment, though 15.7% (n=3) had hearing difficulties during the call
  • No patients were afraid to attend hospital due to COVID fears


To prioritise face-to-face appointments for those who prefer them when infection control measures allow.

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