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An interactive distance solution for stroke rehabilitation in the home setting


Susanne Palmcrantz , Jörgen Borg , Disa Sommerfeld , Jeanette Plantin , Annelie Nilsson , Maria Ehn, Marie Sjölinder , Inga-Lill Boman

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Informatics for Health and Social Care


In this study an interactive distance solution (called the DISKO tool) was developed to enable home-based motor training after stroke. Objectives: The overall aim was to explore the feasibility and safety of using the DISKO-tool, customized for interactive stroke rehabilitation in the home setting, in different rehabilitation phases after stroke. Methods: Fifteen patients in three different stages in the continuum of rehabilitation after stroke participated in a home-based training program using the DISKO-tool. The program included 15 training sessions with recurrent follow-ups by the integrated application for video communication with a physiotherapist. Safety and feasibility were assessed from patients, physiotherapists, and a technician using logbooks, interviews, and a questionnaire. Qualitative content analysis and descriptive statistics were used in the analysis. Results: Fourteen out of 15 patients finalized the training period with a mean of 19.5 minutes spent on training at each session. The DISKO-tool was found to be useful and safe by patients and physiotherapists. Conclusions: This study demonstrates the feasibility and safety of the DISKO-tool and provides guidance in further development and testing of interactive distance technology for home rehabilitation, to be used by health care professionals and patients in different phases of rehabilitation after stroke.


author = {Susanne Palmcrantz and J{\"o}rgen Borg and Disa Sommerfeld and Jeanette Plantin and Annelie Nilsson and Maria Ehn and Marie Sj{\"o}linder and Inga-Lill Boman},
title = {An interactive distance solution for stroke rehabilitation in the home setting},
editor = {Taylor {\&} Francis},
pages = {1--18},
month = {December},
year = {2016},
journal = {Informatics for Health and Social Care},
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