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Perceived Usefulness of Telerehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Belgium–France Pilot Study during Second Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic

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CeREF Technique, Chaussée de Binche 159, 7000 Mons, Belgium
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Faculté des Sciences de la Motricité, Université Catholique de Louvain, Place Pierre de Coubertin 2, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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Laboratoire d’Analyse du Mouvement et de la Posture (LAMP), Centre National de Rééducation Fonctionnelle et de Rédaptation—Rehazenter, Rue André Vésale 1, 2674 Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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Centre FoRS, Département Social Namur, Domaine de l’information et de la Communication et Domaine des Sciences Politiques et Sociales, Haute École Namur-Liège-Luxembourg—HENALLUX, Rue de l’Arsenal 10, 5000 Namur, Belgium
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Institut Transitions, UNamur, Rue de Bruxelles 61, 5000 Namur, Belgium
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Forme and Fonctionnement Humain Lab, Department of Physical Therapy, Haute Ecole Louvain en Hainautrue, Trieu Kaisin 136, 6061 Montignies sur Sambre, Belgium
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Institut d’Ingénierie de la Santé-UFR de Médecine, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Rue des Louvels, 80036 Amiens, France
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Centre Universitaire de Recherche en Santé-Laboratoire Péritox (UMR_01), Chemin du Thil, Présidence, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, 80025 Amiens, France
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Service de Physique Nucléaire et Subnucléaire, UMONS Research Institute for Complex Systems, Université de Mons, 20 Place du Parc, 7000 Mons, Belgium
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Academic Editor: Junghoon Lee
Healthcare 2021, 9(11), 1605; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9111605
Received: 23 October 2021 / Revised: 16 November 2021 / Accepted: 18 November 2021 / Published: 22 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Assessment and Treatment for Healthcare of the Musculoskeletal System)
Background: COVID-19 has affected the practice of physiotherapy, and telerehabilitation (TR) may be seen as an alternative model of care if it is accepted by patients and physiotherapists. This study investigates the perceived usefulness of TR and the intention to use it among physiotherapists and patients from Belgium and France concerned with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) during the pandemic period. Methods: An online questionnaire based on the technology-acceptance model was designed. Sociodemographic data were collected and Likert scales were proposed to assess perceived ease-of-use, perceived usefulness and intention to use TR. Data were collected between 17 January and 17 March 2021; 68 patients and 107 physiotherapists answered. Results: In total, 88% of patients and 76% physiotherapists had not used TR at the time they answered. Only 12% of patients and 1% of physiotherapists are willing to use TR, and 50% of physiotherapists think they will never use TR compared to 25% of patients. A total of 98% of participants agreed that they had a good mastery of the technological tools requested. Conclusions: Physiotherapists are more reluctant to use TR than patients, regardless of convincing EBM results. This is related to their own representation of proper MSD management, which must include the use of hands-on techniques. View Full-Text
Keywords: telerehabilitation; musculoskeletal disease; survey; e-health; acceptability telerehabilitation; musculoskeletal disease; survey; e-health; acceptability
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Dierick, F.; Pierre, A.; Profeta, L.; Telliez, F.; Buisseret, F. Perceived Usefulness of Telerehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Belgium–France Pilot Study during Second Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthcare 2021, 9, 1605. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9111605

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Dierick F, Pierre A, Profeta L, Telliez F, Buisseret F. Perceived Usefulness of Telerehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Belgium–France Pilot Study during Second Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthcare. 2021; 9(11):1605. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9111605

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Dierick, Frédéric, Amélie Pierre, Loredana Profeta, Frédéric Telliez, and Fabien Buisseret. 2021. "Perceived Usefulness of Telerehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Belgium–France Pilot Study during Second Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic" Healthcare 9, no. 11: 1605. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9111605

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