Abstract: This study aimed at exploring patients’ perceptions regarding telerehabilitation services received post total knee replacement. In this qualitative embedded single case study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with five patients who had previously received in-home telerehabilitation post total knee arthroplasty. Participants were asked to reflect on their 8-week rehabilitation process and on their experience with the home telerehabilitation program. Interviews were transcribed and a qualitative thematic analysis was conducted. Six overarching themes emerged from the patients’ perceptions: (1) improving access to services with reduced need for transportation; (2) developing a strong therapeutic relationship with therapist while maintaining a sense of personal space; (3) complementing telerehabilitation with in-person visits; (4) providing standardized yet tailored and challenging exercise programs using telerehabilitation; (5) perceived ease-of-use of telerehabilitation equipment; and (6) feeling an ongoing sense of support. Gaining a better understating of the patient’s experience in telerehabilitation will be essential as programs continue to be developed and implemented.
Keywords: satisfaction; telerehabilitation; patients; semi-structured interview; qualitative
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Kairy, D.; Tousignant, M.; Leclerc, N.; Côté, A.-M.; Levasseur, M.; Researchers, T.T. The Patient’s Perspective of in-Home Telerehabilitation Physiotherapy Services Following Total Knee Arthroplasty. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 3998-4011.
Kairy D, Tousignant M, Leclerc N, Côté A-M, Levasseur M, Researchers TT. The Patient’s Perspective of in-Home Telerehabilitation Physiotherapy Services Following Total Knee Arthroplasty. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2013; 10(9):3998-4011.
Kairy, Dahlia; Tousignant, Michel; Leclerc, Nancy; Côté, Anne-Marie; Levasseur, Mélanie; Researchers, the T. 2013. "The Patient’s Perspective of in-Home Telerehabilitation Physiotherapy Services Following Total Knee Arthroplasty." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 10, no. 9: 3998-4011.