Perceived feasibility of an occupation-based telerehabilitation intervention for older adults with chronic health conditions in Israel

Aviva Beit Yosef, Talia Maeir, Fatena Khalailh, Yafit Gilboa*

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Abstract

Aims: Our study explored the perceived feasibility of using a home-based telerehabilitation service for older adults with chronic health conditions in Israel. Method: This mixed-methods study included two focus groups of registered occupational therapists (n = 10) working in rehabilitation wards in Israel. Participants completed an open-ended questionnaire and Likert scale items so that data could be gathered on their perspectives regarding using an in-home telerehabilitation service for older adults after discharge from rehabilitation units. Thematic analysis with an a priori coding approach was applied to the data. Results: Perceived advantages included transfer to the natural environment and the overcoming of geographical distance. Caregiver support and patient motivation were recognized as enabling factors. Perceived barriers included lack of hands-on contact and the concern that safety could be impeded by technological challenges and the patients’ cognitive status. Conclusions: Findings from this study can potentially contribute to facilitating the implementation of a home-based telerehabilitation service as a practical alternative for elderly patients after discharge from rehabilitation units in Israel.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)62-70
Number of pages11
JournalHong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022

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Keywords

  • Telemedicine
  • intervention
  • occupational therapy
  • older adults
  • rehabilitation
  • technologies

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