Almost a year ago we went into total confinement !!
We remind ourselves how suddenly the need to stay at home has risen. The rehabilitation centers closed their doors. The Neurorehabilitation Clinic has had to reinvent itself to follow up with regular patients. We sent exercise brochures, we talked on the phone, we made video calls, online classes, among other inventions, the closest thing to remote rehabilitation or remote rehabilitation.
While we were living in confinement, the need arose and we had the time to investigate a little more about telerehabilitation in physiotherapy.
As we know, neurological patients are very heterogeneous and unique in their needs, so any telerehabilitation program would not work. We would have to find some virtual method that would allow a personalized follow-up of patients. On the other hand, we know that it should be easy to handle, that it should be simple so that patients with cognitive alterations or unfamiliar with new technologies could easily integrate it into their routine.
Our search for Apps available for the telerehabilitation of stroke patients has been of great interest and that is why we have published it so that everyone can consult the results. This work is of interest to both physiotherapists and occupational therapists who are engaged in the field of neurorehabilitation or neurological rehabilitation.
The work prepared by Carina Salgueiro and collaborators, with the title “Available apps for stroke telerehabilitation during coronavirus disease 2019 confinement in Spain” has been published in the journal “Disability and rehabilitation: assistive technology” with DOI: 10.1080 / 17483107.2021.1883751 . You can consult it at the link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17483107.2021.1883751
In this work, we can find the methodology that we have followed to carry out the search and analysis of each telerehabilitation App, which has been exhaustive, and the results of a questionnaire carried out anonymously to our patients. This questionnaire has been useful to have a contribution from real patients, that is, from potential users of this type of technology.
We appreciate the collaboration of patients in the creation of scientific material.