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Na Jin Seo, Mojtaba F Fathi, Pilwon Hur, Vincent Crocher
STUDY DESIGN: Repeated measures. INTRODUCTION: The Kinect (Microsoft, Redmond, WA) is widely used for telerehabilitation applications including rehabilitation games and assessment. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To determine effects of the Kinect location relative to a person on measurement accuracy of upper limb joint angles. METHODS: Kinect error was computed as difference in the upper limb joint range of motion (ROM) during target reaching motion, from the Kinect vs 3D Investigator Motion Capture System (NDI, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), and compared across 9 Kinect locations...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
Angela Barriga, José M Conejero, Juan Hernández, Elena Jurado, Enrique Moguel, Fernando Sánchez-Figueroa
In the last few years, telerehabilitation and telecare have become important topics in healthcare since they enable people to remain independent in their own homes by providing person-centered technologies to support the individual. These technologies allows elderly people to be assisted in their home, instead of traveling to a clinic, providing them wellbeing and personalized health care. The literature shows a great number of interesting proposals to address telerehabilitation and telecare scenarios, which may be mainly categorized into two broad groups, namely wearable devices and context-aware systems...
October 18, 2016: Sensors
Mary C Edgar, Sarah Monsees, Josina Rhebergen, Jennifer Waring, Todd Van der Star, Janice J Eng, Brodie M Sakakibara
: Background/Introduction: Early telerehabilitation trials with stroke survivors have shown promising results, but there remains a lack of knowledge of what areas of rehabilitation people with stroke are interested and willing to receive using technology. The purpose of this study was to describe the access to low-cost consumer technologies and willingness to use them to receive rehabilitation services among stroke survivors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Participants were included in this survey study if they had a stroke, lived in the community, were 19 years of age or older, and able to understand English...
October 5, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Didier Saey
With more than 700,000 patients, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a sickness characterized by a progressive alteration of lungs function, presents a major burden in Canada. Even though COPD is primarily a respiratory system disease, progressive sedentary lifestyle, reduced exercise capacity and a restricted participation in daily life activities, which all contribute to a poor health-related quality of life are common consequences of the disease progression. Cornerstone of the COPD management, there is unequivocal evidence that pulmonary rehabilitation is the most effective treatment to improve shortness of breath, exercise tolerance and quality of life of patients with COPD...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Katie J Seidler, Ryan P Duncan, Marie E McNeely, Madeleine E Hackney, Gammon M Earhart
People with Parkinson disease (PD) demonstrate improvements in motor function following group tango classes, but report long commutes as a barrier to participation. To increase access, we investigated a telerehabilitation approach to group tango instruction. Twenty-six people with mild-to-moderate PD were assigned based on commute distance to either the telerehabilitation group (Telerehab) or an in-person instruction group (In-person). Both groups followed the same twice-weekly, 12-week curriculum with the same instructor...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Bruce H Dobkin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Rehabilitation trials and postacute care to lessen impairments and disability after stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury almost never include training to promote long-term self-management of skills practice, strengthening and fitness. Without behavioral training to develop self-efficacy, clinical trials, and home-based therapy may fail to show robust results. RECENT FINDINGS: Behavioral theories about self-management and self-efficacy for physical activity have been successfully incorporated into interventions for chronic diseases, but rarely for neurologic rehabilitation...
September 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
Salvador Israel Macías-Hernández, Diana Sureima Vásquez-Sotelo, Marco Vinicio Ferruzca-Navarro, Susana Hazel Badillo Sánchez, Josefina Gutiérrez-Martínez, Marco Antonio Núñez-Gaona, Heriberto Aguirre Meneses, Oscar Benjamín Velez-Gutiérrez, Irene Tapia-Ferrusco, María de Los Ángeles Soria-Bastida, Roberto Coronado-Zarco, Juan Daniel Morones-Alba
OBJECTIVE: To propose and evaluate the effectiveness of a telerehabilitation platform designed for patients with rotator cuff (RC) tears. METHODS: During the first study phase, a virtual service platform that included information on RC tear pathology, joint care, and a series of instructions regarding therapeutic exercise was designed and created. Subsequently, in the clinical phase, a quasi-experimental study was performed. The platform was tested on patients and evaluated at baseline and at 1, 2, 3, and 6 months with respect to their pain levels and functionality on the Constant-Murley (CM) scale...
August 2016: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
François Cabana, Catherine Pagé, Amy Svotelis, Samuel Langlois-Michaud, Michel Tousignant
BACKGROUND: Proximal humerus fractures can be treated surgically (eg: pinning, plate and screws) or conservatively by wearing a splint or a cast. Following both of these approaches, rehabilitation has proven effective to prevent functional limitations and to re-establish normal shoulder function. However, access to these rehabilitation services and compliance tends to be limited in elderly patients due to travelling difficulties caused by their precarious health status and, in some cases, social and marital status...
2016: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ellen R Cohn, Jana Cason
The Spring 2016 issue of the International Journal of Telerehabilitation (IJT) presents original and innovative work in three diverse sections: usability, intervention, and pedagogy, followed by a book review on teleaudiology. The contributors to this issue are notably multi-disciplinary and include an audiologist, computer scientists, engineers, an epidemiologist, occupational therapists, a rehabilitation counselor, a physician (physical medicine and rehabilitation), and speechlanguage pathologists. The common thread linking the Journal's authors and their manuscripts, is excellence in telerehabilitation related innovation...
2016: International Journal of Telerehabilitation
Paolo Zanaboni, Birthe Dinesen, Audhild Hjalmarsen, Hanne Hoaas, Anne E Holland, Cristino Carneiro Oliveira, Richard Wootton
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is an effective intervention for the management of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, available resources are often limited, and many patients bear with poor availability of programmes. Sustaining PR benefits and regular exercise over the long term is difficult without any exercise maintenance strategy. In contrast to traditional centre-based PR programmes, telerehabilitation may promote more effective integration of exercise routines into daily life over the longer term and broaden its applicability and availability...
August 22, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Charlotte Brun Thorup, Mette Grønkjær, Helle Spindler, Jan Jesper Andreasen, John Hansen, Birthe Irene Dinesen, Gitte Nielsen, Erik Elgaard Sørensen
BACKGROUND: Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation reduces morbidity and mortality. Walking is a convenient activity suitable for people with cardiac disease. Pedometers count steps, measure walking activity and motivate people to increase physical activity. In this study, patients participating in cardiac telerehabilitation were provided with a pedometer to support motivation for physical activity with the purpose of exploring pedometer use and self-determined motivation for walking experienced by patients and health professionals during a cardiac telerehabilitation program...
2016: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
Hélène Moffet, Michel Tousignant, Sylvie Nadeau, Chantal Mérette, Patrick Boissy, Hélène Corriveau, François Marquis, François Cabana, Étienne L Belzile, Pierre Ranger, Ronald Dimentberg
BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION: Telerehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is supported by strong evidence on the effectiveness of such intervention and from a cost-benefit point of view. Satisfaction of patients toward in-home telerehabilitation after TKA has not yet been examined thoroughly in large-scale clinical trials. This study aims to compare satisfaction level of patients following in-home telerehabilitation (TELE) after TKA to one of the patients following a usual face-to-face home visit (STD) rehabilitation...
August 16, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Ewa Piotrowicz, Massimo F Piepoli, Tiny Jaarsma, Ekaterini Lambrinou, Andrew J S Coats, Jean-Paul Schmid, Ugo Corrà, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Kenneth Dickstein, Petar M Seferović, Stamatis Adamopoulos, Piotr P Ponikowski
Accessibility to the available traditional forms of cardiac rehabilitation programs in heart failure patients is not adequate and adherence to the programs remains unsatisfactory. The home-based telerehabilitation model has been proposed as a promising new option to improve this situation. This paper's aims are to discuss the tools available for telemonitoring, and describing their characteristics, applicability, and effectiveness in providing optimal long term management for heart failure patients who are unable to attend traditional cardiac rehabilitation programs...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Jing Chen, Wei Jin, Wen Shuai Dong, Yan Jin, Feng Lei Qiao, Ya Fei Zhou, Cheng Chuan Ren
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this work were to evaluate the effects of home-based telesupervising rehabilitation on physical function for stroke survivors with hemiplegia and to determine if the rehabilitation therapy can relieve the burden on caregivers. DESIGN: This study is a randomized, controlled, assessor-blinded trial. Stroke survivors were randomly assigned to either home-based telesupervising rehabilitation group or conventional rehabilitation group to receive physical exercise and electromyography-triggered neuromuscular stimulation...
July 6, 2016: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Eva van der Meij, Johannes R Anema, René H J Otten, Judith A F Huirne, Frederieke G Schaafsma
BACKGROUND: E-health interventions have become increasingly popular, including in perioperative care. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of perioperative e-health interventions on the postoperative course. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and searched for relevant articles in the PUBMED, EMBASE, CINAHL and COCHRANE databases. Controlled trials written in English, with participants of 18 years and older who underwent any type of surgery and which evaluated any type of e-health intervention by reporting patient-related outcome measures focusing on the period after surgery, were included...
2016: PloS One
Mirella Veras, Dahlia Kairy, Marco Rogante, Claudia Giacomozzi, Silvia Saraiva
INTRODUCTION: Despite the increased interest in telerehabilitation (TR), virtual reality (VR) and outcome measures for stroke rehabilitation, surprisingly little research has been done to map and identify the most common outcome measures used in TR. For this review, we conducted a systematic search of the literature that reports outcome measures used in TR or VR for stroke rehabilitation. Our specific objectives included: 1) to identify the outcome measures used in TR and VR studies; and 2) to describe which parts of the International Classification of Functioning are measured in the studies...
June 24, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Noelia Galiano-Castillo, Irene Cantarero-Villanueva, Carolina Fernández-Lao, Angélica Ariza-García, Lourdes Díaz-Rodríguez, Rosario Del-Moral-Ávila, Manuel Arroyo-Morales
BACKGROUND: The chronicity status of breast cancer survivors suggests a growing need for cancer rehabilitation. Currently, the use of technology is a promising strategy for providing support, as reflected in the emergence of research interest in Web-based interventions in cancer survivorship. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial was conducted that included a total of 81 participants who had completed adjuvant therapy (except hormone treatment) for stage I to IIIA breast cancer...
June 22, 2016: Cancer
Zeshan Zahid, Suleman Atique
Disabled community spending a miserable life and having no or very less access to basic health and rehabilitation care across Pakistan. WHO developed objectives for the provision of standard health and rehabilitation care to disables and emphasizes to achieve them till 2021. The Purpose of this study was to assess the future of tele-rehabilitation services in Pakistan. It was quantitative study with Sample size of 100 rehabilitation professionals across the country. Result showed that Telerehabilitation Services are strongly needed in Pakistan and professionals rated it as a best alternate of facility based rehabilitation services...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Connie A Tompkins
This article reflects on the future of intervention for language and communication disorders that follow unilateral damage to the right cerebral hemisphere. The author first introduces some of the challenges inherent in this task: a very small and preliminary evidence base and a limited number of investigators conducting treatment research for most of the consequences of these disorders, more general difficulties of translating evidence to practice, and limited graduate training in the area. The article then addresses some predictions and hopes for the future...
August 2016: Seminars in Speech and Language
Dimitris Filos, Andreas Triantafyllidis, Ioanna Chouvarda, Roselien Buys, Véronique Cornelissen, Werner Budts, Deirdre Walsh, Catherine Woods, Kieran Moran, Nicos Maglaveras
Rehabilitation is important for patients with cardiovascular diseases (CVD) to improve health outcomes and quality of life. However, adherence to current exercise programmes in cardiac rehabilitation is limited. We present the design and development of a Decision Support System (DSS) for telerehabilitation, aiming to enhance exercise programmes for CVD patients through ensuring their safety, personalising the programme according to their needs and performance, and motivating them toward meeting their physical activity goals...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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