Acceptance of Teledermatological Practices: A Cross-Sectional Study of Practicing Saudi Dermatologists

Cureus. 2021 Mar 5;13(3):e13710. doi: 10.7759/cureus.13710.


BACKGROUND: The increase in demand for Telemedicine globally has continued to rise in recent months, showing remarkable success in a variety of medical fields. As dermatology shows one of the most prolific rates of success, having a clear national picture of practitioner opinion on the subject is important. In this study we aimed to quantify the overall level of acceptance and satisfaction of Saudi dermatologists towards the practice of teledermatology.

DESIGN AND SETTING: Data was collected by means of a survey which included demographic data and level of exposure and overall satisfaction towards Telemedicine in their field. Results: A total of 102 questionnaires were returned of which 57.8% had engaged in at least one teleconsultation. Of these, 71.2% showed support for the technology, with negative responses being associated with poor infrastructure or implementation in the workplace.

CONCLUSION: The acceptance of dermatologists to teledermatology consultations in Saudi Arabia shows a positive tendency, with the majority of those who engaged in the practice saying they would do so again and find it satisfactory. Creating more reliable and robust tools and greater training in their use would be beneficial for its further incorporation.

PMID:33824842 | PMC:PMC8016530 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.13710