Efficacy of Video Teleconferencing to Provide Rehabilitation InterventionsBy Sanford, Jon A., MArch; Hoenig, Helen, MD; RESNA 28th International Annual Conference 2005: Atlanta, Georgia,
Publication Date: 2005
Paper discusses a randomized controlled trial conducted to evaluate the efficacy of interactive video teleconferencing technology designed to provide remote in-home rehabilitation interventions. These interventions are aimed at improving the mobility and transferring ability of people who use assistive technology for mobility. The mobile, wireless tele-video system utilized off-the-shelf technology to transmit real-time, two-way audio and video between the participants’ home and a therapist in a clinic. Two intervention groups received weekly, one-hour therapy sessions that involved six mobility and transfer tasks for four consecutive weeks. The participants underwent a standard protocol that involved three transfer tasks: (1) getting on and off the toilet, (2) in and out of the shower, and (3) three locomotion tasks. The therapist observed and assessed the participant on a weekly basis. Therapists’ recommendations for treatment are summarized. Preliminary data indicated that providing in-home rehabilitation via tele-visit was as effective as a traditional in-home visit, while implications for future research are discussed. This paper was presented at the 2005 annual conference of RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America and is available on CD-ROM.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
Link to text: http://resna.org/ProfResources/Publications/Proceedings/2005/Research/CAC/Sanford.php
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O16161