mHealth Intelligence: Preference for Future Telehealth Use Does Not Exceed That of In-Person Care 

Research published in the Practice of Medicine described that although telehealth gained a high level of approval and application throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, most users prefer to return to in-person care in the future, largely due to a lack of physical exams and perceived lower quality. Researchers conducted two nationally representative surveys to gather information surrounding physician and patient perceptions of video-based telehealth. Overall, 90 percent of physicians indicated that video visits went well during the pandemic, and 86 percent felt that this modality was critical in the process of connecting with patients. Based on these survey findings, researchers concluded that despite the sufficiency and relatively high level of acceptance of telehealth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, most patients and physicians are partial to in-person care.