Introducing physical telerehabilitation in seniors with mobility limitation: System feasibility and acceptance

Jeffrey Wood, Mark Finkelstein, Eunme Cha, Joseph Finkelstein

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Abstract

Physical therapy has been shown effective in geriatric population in addressing mobility limitation. Telerehabilitation systems may support physical therapy programs at patient homes however such systems were not systematically assessed in seniors. The Home Automated Telemanagement (HAT) system for inhome physical telerehabilitation of seniors with mobility limitations was developed and tested. The HAT rehabilitation system was designed to allow patients with mobility limitations to complete an individualized physical therapy plan prescribed by a physical therapist and to allow for clinicians to monitor and assist with in-home rehabilitation. We conducted a 12-week study to assess the feasibility and patient acceptance of the system. Our results showed that home-based physical telerehabilitation is feasible in seniors with mobility limitations, and it can potentially improve patient functional status significantly. Statistically significant improvement was documented using Berg Balance Scale (change from 36.6 ± 12.1 to 41.7 ± 11.1, p<0.004), Timed 25-foot Walk (change from 13.5 ± 8.6 to 10.6 ± 4.5, p<0.04), and 6-minute walk (change from 36.6 ± 12.1 to 41.7 ± 11.1, p<0.004). The participants of the study demonstrated a very high level of support for the home-based physical telerehabilitation program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 5th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, BMEI 2012
Pages1096-1098
Number of pages3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event2012 5th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, BMEI 2012 - Chongqing, China
Duration: Oct 16 2012Oct 18 2012

Publication series

Name2012 5th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, BMEI 2012

Other

Other2012 5th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, BMEI 2012
CountryChina
CityChongqing
Period10/16/1210/18/12

Keywords

  • geriatric population
  • mobility limitation
  • rehabilitation
  • telemonitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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