Effects of telerehabilitation on physical function and disability for stroke patients: a randomized, controlled trial.

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  • Quigley P
  • Li X
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Background and Purpose: To determine the effect of a multifaceted stroke telerehabilitation (STeleR) intervention on physical function, and secondarily on disability, in veterans poststroke. Methods: We conducted a prospective, randomized, multisite, single-blinded trial in 52 veterans with stroke from 3 Veterans Affairs medical centers. Veterans with a stroke in the preceding 24 months were randomized to the STeleR intervention or usual care. The STeleR intervention consisted of 3 home visits, 5 telephone calls, and an in-home messaging device provided over 3 months to instruct patients in functionally based exercises and adaptive strategies. Usual care participants received routine rehabilitation care as prescribed by their physicians. The primary outcome measures were improvement in function at 6 months, measured by both the motor subscale of the Telephone Version of Functional Independence Measure and by the function scales of the Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument. Results: The 2 complementary primary outcomes (Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument Function and Telephone Version of Functional Independence Measure) improved at 6 months for the STeleR group and declined for the usual care group, but the differences were not statistically significant (P=0.25, Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument; P=0.316). Several of secondary outcomes were statistically significant. At 6 months, compared with the usual care group, the STeleR group showed statistically significant improvements in 4 of the 5 Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument disability component subscales (P

Author-supplied keywords

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and Over
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Disabled
  • Female
  • Home Health Care
  • Human
  • Lower Extremity
  • Male
  • Middle Age
  • Prospective Studies
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Sample Size
  • Single-Blind Studies
  • Stroke -- Rehabilitation
  • Telemedicine -- Methods
  • Telephone
  • Treatment Outcomes
  • United States
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Veterans

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  • Chumbler NR

  • P Quigley

  • X Li

  • M Morey

  • D Rose

  • J Sanford

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