QuickStats: Percentage* of Office-Based Physicians Who Had Telephone or Internet/Email Consults with Patients† — National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2018 and 2020§
Weekly / April 1, 2022 / 71(13);505
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* With 95% CIs indicated by error bars.
† Defined as the percentage of physicians who reported having at least one telephone consult or at least one Internet/email consult with patients, in response to the survey question, “During your last normal week of practice, about how many encounters of the following type did you make with patients: a) telephone consults?, b) Internet or email consults?”
§ Based on samples of nonfederally employed office-based physicians who were primarily engaged in direct patient care. Physicians in the specialties of anesthesiology, pathology, and radiology were excluded from the survey.
The percentage of office-based physicians who reported having telephone consults with patients during their last normal week of practice increased from 35.8% in 2018 to 57.4% in 2020. The percentage who reported having Internet/email consults with patients also increased from 13.9% in 2018 to 26.8% in 2020. In both years, physicians were more likely to report having telephone than Internet/email consults.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2018 and 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/ahcd/about_ahcd.htm
Reported by: Zachary J. Peters, MPH, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-458-4130; Susan Schappert, MA; Donald Cherry, MS.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Office-Based Physicians Who Had Telephone or Internet/Email Consults with Patients — National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2018 and 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2022;71:505. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7113a4external icon.
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