When designing the study, the authors hypothesized that the outcomes via the telerehabilitation intervention would be comparable to traditional face-to-face therapy, study author Trevor Russell, PhD, School of Health and Rehabilitation Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, explains to HealthLeaders Media.
But the findings exceeded the expectation. “The thing that surprised us was that the online therapy actually produced better results on some outcome measures such as knee stiffness. We were also surprised by how well the patients accepted the technology and adapted to the alternate service delivery model.”
Telerehabilitation is becoming a popular alternative for patients who live in remote areas and who have no access to traditional rehabilitation centers. It can improve access to services and control medical costs, according to the authors.