E-appointments at primary care physicians during Covid-19 pandemic: viewpoint and satisfaction of medical consumers

Authors

  • Viktor Denkovski School of Computer Science and Information Technology, University American College Skopje, Macedonia
  • Goce Gavrilov School of Computer Science and Information Technology, University American College Skopje, Macedonia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4108/eetpht.v8i31.1129

Keywords:

e-appointments, eHealth systems, primary health care, walk-in method, Covid-19 pandemic, medical consumer satisfaction

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Use of e-appointment systems in primary care (EASPC) is a common practice in western countries, however, there is no evidence of implementation in R. N. Macedonia and other similar countries in development.

OBJECTIVES: This study explores the viewpoints and satisfaction of medical consumers (MC) on EASPC, and the impact of Covid-19 global pandemic concerning their appointments at primary care physicians.

METHODS: A survey on MC above the age of 15 years was conducted in July 2020. The results were analysed in SPSS 23.

RESULTS: The majority of participants were in favour on implementing an EASPC despite their neutral satisfaction with the walk-in method. Furthermore, they were confident in its effectiveness in the fight against spreading of Covid-19.

CONCLUSION: The MC opinion and satisfaction is crucial when developing health care systems and their implementation as a mix of services. For the system to succeed, it must be financed and supported adequately and as such, further research is necessary to explore a real-time EASPC usage.

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23-05-2022

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Denkovski V, Gavrilov G. E-appointments at primary care physicians during Covid-19 pandemic: viewpoint and satisfaction of medical consumers. EAI Endorsed Trans Perv Health Tech [Internet]. 2022 May 23 [cited 2022 Oct. 1];8(31):e2. Available from: https://publications.eai.eu/index.php/phat/article/view/1129