Knowledge, Attitude and Skills of Physiotherapists Towards Tele-Rehabilitation

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Warda Saeed
Nimra Asif
Mahnoor Malik
Aima Amjad
Memoona Aslam
Kanwal Fatima
Ammara Fayyaz Butt
Anum Saleem
Hira Rafique
Intsam Aslam

Abstract

Background: With the rapid integration of information and communication technology in healthcare, telerehabilitation has emerged as a vital tool in physiotherapy, offering an alternative to traditional care methods. This evolution necessitates an understanding of physiotherapists' readiness and capability to employ such technologies in clinical practice.


Objective: The study aimed to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of physiotherapists regarding telerehabilitation, to ascertain their proficiency and perceptions of its application in clinical settings.


Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted over four months, post-approval of the research synopsis. Data were collected using the Telemedicine - Awareness, Knowledge, Attitude & Skills (AKAS) Questionnaire via an online Google Form from a non-probability convenience sample of 350 clinical and academic physiotherapists in Lahore. Participants had a minimum of six months of clinical experience and were aged 24 years or older. The data were analyzed using SPSS version 21.0 to interpret the survey responses statistically.


Results: Among the participants, 89.7% displayed a positive attitude toward the use of telecommunications in telerehabilitation. A significant majority (79.1%) recognized telerehabilitation as a legitimate service, with 80.6% agreeing on its efficacy in patient follow-up. Computer literacy varied, with 27.4% possessing advanced knowledge, 47.1% mediocre, and 25.4% beginner levels. Statistically significant correlations were observed between levels of computer knowledge and attendance at training programs (p < 0.05 for advanced and mediocre knowledge).


Conclusion: The study concluded that physiotherapists generally hold a positive view of telerehabilitation, recognizing its importance in the continuum of care. Nonetheless, the variability in ICT skills highlights the need for comprehensive training to fully exploit the capabilities of telerehabilitation in enhancing patient care.

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Saeed, W., Asif, N., Malik, M., Amjad, A., Aslam, M., Fatima, K., Butt, A. F., Saleem, A., Rafique, H., & Aslam, I. (2024). Knowledge, Attitude and Skills of Physiotherapists Towards Tele-Rehabilitation. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research, 4(2), 43–48. https://doi.org/10.61919/jhrr.v4i2.738
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Author Biographies

Warda Saeed, Al Shifa Medical Complex Lahore Pakistan.

Senior Consultant, Physical Therapist, Al Shifa Medical Complex, Lahore, Pakistan.

Nimra Asif, Ittefaq Hospital Lahore Pakistan.

Physiotherapist, Ittefaq Hospital Lahore, Pakistan.

Mahnoor Malik, Hameed Latif Hospital Lahore Pakistan.

Physiotherapist at Hameed Latif hospital Lahore, Pakistan.

Aima Amjad, PSRD College of Rehabilitation Sciences Lahore Pakistan.

Demonstrator, PSRD College of Rehabilitation Sciences Lahore, Pakistan.

Memoona Aslam, Ibadat International University Islamabad Pakistan.

Assistant Professor, Ibadat International University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Kanwal Fatima, University of Sargodha-Sargodha Pakistan.

Lecturer, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Sargodha-Sargodha, Pakistan.

Ammara Fayyaz Butt, Sir Gangaram Hospital Lahore Pakistan.

Head of Department at Sir GangaRam Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan.

Anum Saleem, University of Lahore Sargodha Campus Pakistan.

Lecturer, University of Lahore, Sargodha Campus, Pakistan.

Hira Rafique, Quaid-E-Azam College Sahiwal Pakistan.

Senior Lecturer, Quaid-E-Azam College Sahiwal, Pakistan.

Intsam Aslam, Quaid-E-Azam College Sahiwal Pakistan.

Lecturer, Quaid-e-Azam College Sahiwal, Pakistan.

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