.Abstract Background and aims: This study aimed to evaluate the quality and efficiency of telemedicine in managing patients with chronic diabetic ulcers and provide an overview of the main medico-legal implications associated with telemedicine management of diabetic foot complications. Methods and results: A total of 50 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus were enrolled from a diabetic foot outpatient clinic in Cyprus between March and May 2022. Participants completed a survey concerning telemedicine services, and the demographic variables and average responses to the PACIC (Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care) questions were examined using descriptive analysis. The majority of patients (84%) were male, with a mean age of 60.9 13.05 years. The average PACIC score was 4.42 (min. 2.7 and max. 5.0). Voice calls were the most preferred method of telemedicine delivery, accounting for 53% of all services. Conclusion: Telemedicine can effectively manage chronic patients, such as those with diabetic ulcers, by reducing the burden on resources and maintaining service quality. However, healthcare professionals must be well-versed in medico-legal implications to adhere to legal and ethical guidelines, protect patient privacy, and maintain high standards of care while using telemedicine for chronic condition treatment. ª 2023 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of The Italian Diabetes Society, the Italian Society for the Study of Atherosclerosis, the Italian Society of Human Nutrition and the Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Federico II University. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Telemedicine in diabetic ulcer management: A pilot study with exploration of medico-legal aspects

Giulio Nittari
Primo
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Giovanna Ricci
Secondo
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Demetris Savva;Filippo Gibelli
;
Paolo Bailo;Domenico De Leo
Ultimo
2023-01-01

Abstract

.Abstract Background and aims: This study aimed to evaluate the quality and efficiency of telemedicine in managing patients with chronic diabetic ulcers and provide an overview of the main medico-legal implications associated with telemedicine management of diabetic foot complications. Methods and results: A total of 50 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus were enrolled from a diabetic foot outpatient clinic in Cyprus between March and May 2022. Participants completed a survey concerning telemedicine services, and the demographic variables and average responses to the PACIC (Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care) questions were examined using descriptive analysis. The majority of patients (84%) were male, with a mean age of 60.9 13.05 years. The average PACIC score was 4.42 (min. 2.7 and max. 5.0). Voice calls were the most preferred method of telemedicine delivery, accounting for 53% of all services. Conclusion: Telemedicine can effectively manage chronic patients, such as those with diabetic ulcers, by reducing the burden on resources and maintaining service quality. However, healthcare professionals must be well-versed in medico-legal implications to adhere to legal and ethical guidelines, protect patient privacy, and maintain high standards of care while using telemedicine for chronic condition treatment. ª 2023 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of The Italian Diabetes Society, the Italian Society for the Study of Atherosclerosis, the Italian Society of Human Nutrition and the Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Federico II University. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
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