Table 4

Cost analysis

Time or use*Cost
ControlTelemedicinep Value†ControlTelemedicinep Value†
Follow-up visit time37.53 (9.64)38.97 (12.04)0.68635.59 (9.15)35.58 (10.20)0.840
Mask changes32 (39.7%)19 (30%)0.15825.40 (34.63)15.83 (25.20)0.158
Extra visits (physicians)7 (7.9%)11 (16.7%)0.14916.44 (65.71)27.13 (63.86)0.149
Extra visits (nurses)10 (9.5%)24 (28.3%)0.0100.66 (2.27)1.48 (2.98)0.012
GP visits28 (23.8%)40 (35%)0.26120.83 (48.22)27.33 (52.12)0.215
Emergency visits3 (3.2%)6 (6.7%)0.3785.32 (31.30)11.18 (44.63)0.371
Medications added16 (25.4%)19 (31.7%)0.4439.12 (33.01)4.70 (14.27)0.604
Travelling time to the hospital23.30 (16.48)8.64 (8.42)<0.00115.26 (10.11)7.02 (7.05)<0.001
Time out of work55.03 (53.05)21.12 (21.21)<0.00147.00 (48.19)34.30 (35.42)0.240
  • Bold indicates significant p values.

  • *Mean and SD for time variables. For other variables, number of cases and % of the sample that used this resource.

  • †Groups compared by using the Mann-Whitney test.

  • GP, general practitioner.