Telemedicine for Parkinson's Disease: Limited Engagement between Local Clinicians and Remote Specialists

Molly J. Elson, E. Anna Stevenson, Blake A. Feldman, Jihoon Lim, Christopher A. Beck, Denise B. Beran, Peter N. Schmidt, Kevin M. Biglan, Richard Simone, Allison W. Willis, E. Ray Dorsey, Cynthia M. Boyd

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Introduction: The integration of remote specialists into local care teams has not been widely evaluated. Methods: Therefore, we surveyed clinicians whose patients with Parkinson's disease had participated in a national randomized controlled trial of video visits to determine (1) whether clinicians received recommendations from remote specialists; (2) whether those recommendations were implemented; (3) what barriers to specialty care local clinicians perceived; and (4) whether they would recommend video visits. Results: Of 183 clinicians surveyed, 89 (49%) responded. Less than half received the recommendations of remote specialists, but they implemented most of the recommendations they received and found them to be beneficial. Conclusion: The greatest perceived barrier among respondents was distance from patient to specialist, and 40% of local clinicians would recommend video visits. As telemedicine grows, improved communication between remote specialists and local clinicians is likely needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)722-724
Number of pages3
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • Parkinson disease
  • telecommunications
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine
  • teleneurology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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