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Table 2 Factors that influence the usefulness of TM

From: Implementing technology in healthcare: insights from physicians

Opportunities –benefits Needs Difficulties
Item Average score ± SD Item Average score ± SD Item Average score ± SD
  Has experience with TM Has not experience with TM     
Frequency of in-person visits 6.5 ± 2.0 6.2 ± 1.9 Patients’ preference for in-person visits 6.5 ± 2.1 Safety and confidentiality of information 5.7 ± 2.3
Administrative work 6.4 ± 2.1 6.3 ± 2.2 Professionals’ preference for in-person visits 6.4 ± 2.0 Ease-of-use of electronic devices 6.9 ± 1.9
Therapeutic compliance* 7.0 ± 1.8 6.5 ± 1.8 Patients’ technological skills 6.7 ± 1.9 Record of profesionals’ performance 6.8 ± 2.0
Healthcare costs 6.7 ± 1.7 6.5 ± 1.8 Professionals’ technological skills 6.9 ± 1.9 Needfor training 7.1 ± 1.9
Quality of clinical practice* 6.9 ± 1.9 6.4 ± 1.9 Appropiate electronic device 7.6 ± 2.0 Technical difficulties in the use of TM 6.3 ± 2.0
Patient health* 7. 0 ± 1.7 6.4 ± 1.6 Project funding 7.8 ± 2.0 Time needed for electronic visits 6.4 ± 2.1
Professional workload 6.1 ± 2.1 6.1 ± 2.1 Time needed for each patient 6.2 ± 2.0 Presence of incentives for TM 6.2 ± 2.3
Sum of opportunities* 6.6 ± 1.2 6.3 ± 1.3 Sum of needs 6.9 ± 1.2 Sum of difficulties 6.5 ± 1.2
  1. Variables are scored on a scale of 1–10 (from least to greatest)
  2. *p < 0.05 difference between having or not having previous experience in TM project using the T-student test