Wie offen ist die bayerische Bevölkerung für Teledermatologie? Eine Querschnittsstudie in ländlichen und städtischen Regionen Bayerns

Translated title of the contribution: Is the Bavarian Population Open for Teledermatology? A Cross-Sectional Study in Rural and Urban Regions of Bavaria, Germany

Barbara Schuster, Stefanie Ziehfreund, Linda Tizek, Julia Krause, Tilo Biedermann, Alexander Zink

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Abstract

Aim Teledermatology has a great potential to improve dermatologic care in rural regions. The aim of this study was to assess the willingness to use teledermatology in the rural population of Bavaria, Southern Germany, and to explore major concerns regarding teledermatology. Methods The data of this cross-sectional study were collected both as part of a health survey conducted in the Bavarian forest region in Q1/2017 and as part of a follow-up survey (Q1/2018) of a running cohort study recruited at a Bavarian agricultural festival. Study participants were asked in a standardized questionnaire whether they would send pictures of skin rashes or other skin changes to their dermatologist via the internet, and if no, why not. Results Data on 1,116 participants living in Bavaria were analysed (mean age 50.2 years, 57.3% female, 80.4% living in rural regions). Of the whole sample, 36.6% were willing to use teledermatology. Women, older participants and participants living in rural regions were less open to the use of teledermatology. Major concerns regarding teledermatology were impersonality, doubts about the quality of the service and data safety and privacy concerns. Discussion The willingness to use teledermatology in the rural population of Bavaria is still rather low. Before teledermatology can realise its full potential for improving health care in rural regions, the population needs to be educated about the functioning and the advantages of teledermatology, and data safety concerns need to be addressed.

Translated title of the contributionIs the Bavarian Population Open for Teledermatology? A Cross-Sectional Study in Rural and Urban Regions of Bavaria, Germany
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalGesundheitswesen
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

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