The 111th annual American Urologic Association meeting in San Diego, California, May 6-10 features presentations by nearly three dozen Winship Cancer Institute specialists including Winship member Muta Issa, MD, chief of urology at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Issa explained the findings of his new study on tele-urology at the AUA's first press conference held on Friday morning.
Issa serves as senior author on Tele-Urology Versus Face to Face Clinics: A Survey of Patient Preference. More than 400 veterans at the Atlanta VA were enrolled in the study which compared patients who received an initial consultation with a physician over the telephone versus those who met with a doctor in person.
Patients reported high satisfaction with a telephone consultation.
Issa says "this is a quality improvement project that looked at whether tele-urology clinics are more convenient for the patient when it comes to driving and parking, having to register and finding out where to go, and quality of the interaction with the provider. We were surprised to learn that patients preferred the phone conversations."
Issa is hoping that the findings could provide a model for future medical care.
Other Winship presenters at the AUA conference include John Petros, MD who will talk about race-specific biomarkers for prostate cancer progression and Mehrdad Alemozaffar, MD who will talk about research in bladder cancer using robotic radical cystectomy. Winship surgeon Viraj Master, MD, PhD, will moderate a session on advanced kidney cancer.
Visit the AUA Annual Meeting website for a complete list of abstracts.