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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(11), 6184-6198; doi:10.3390/ijerph10116184
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Attitudes of COPD Patients towards Tele-Rehabilitation: A Cross-Sector Case Study

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Received: 31 August 2013; in revised form: 11 November 2013 / Accepted: 12 November 2013 / Published: 15 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Telehealthcare)
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Abstract: The aim of this paper is to describe patients’ attitudes towards tele-rehabilitation in the Danish TELEKAT (for Telehomecare, Chronic Patients and the Integrated Healthcare System) project, in order to better understand patients’ behavior when performing tele-rehabilitation activities in home surroundings. A total of 111 COPD patients were included in the study, and they were randomized into an intervention group (n = 60) and a control group (n = 51). However, a non-randomized design was used to analyze the qualitative perspectives of the patients’ attitudes towards tele-rehabilitation. From the intervention group, 22 COPD patients were selected for qualitative interviews and participant observation in their homes. The theoretical framework for this study is based on learning theory and the “communities of practice” approach inspired by Etienne Wenger. COPD patients exhibit four types of attitudes about their tele-rehabilitation: indifference, learning as part of situations in everyday life, feeling of security and motivation for performing physical training. The patients express the view that they circulate between these attitudes depending on their physical and emotional state as they perform their training. The COPD patients and healthcare professionals have created a community of tele-rehabilitation across sectors, exchanging experiences, stories and strategies for how to manage rehabilitation in home surroundings.
Keywords: tele-rehabilitation; COPD patients; semi-structured interviews; qualitative methods; home tele-health tele-rehabilitation; COPD patients; semi-structured interviews; qualitative methods; home tele-health
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Dinesen, B.; Huniche, L.; Toft, E. Attitudes of COPD Patients towards Tele-Rehabilitation: A Cross-Sector Case Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 6184-6198.

AMA Style

Dinesen B, Huniche L, Toft E. Attitudes of COPD Patients towards Tele-Rehabilitation: A Cross-Sector Case Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2013; 10(11):6184-6198.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Dinesen, Birthe; Huniche, Lotte; Toft, Egon. 2013. "Attitudes of COPD Patients towards Tele-Rehabilitation: A Cross-Sector Case Study." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 10, no. 11: 6184-6198.


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