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Strokes are the second leading cause of death and leading cause of long-term disability worldwide and incidence is on the rise (Katan & Luft, 2018). In the past 25 years, the burden of disability from neurological disorders, including strokes, have increased exponentially due to the increase in the aging population and decrease in mortality rates (Raghavan, 2019). Out of the 795,000 new victims of stroke annually, 26% remain disabled during activities of daily living (ADLs) and 50% experience a reduction in mobility due to hemiparesis (Katan & Luft, 2018). Although stroke survivors do receive rehabilitation services after the onset of the stroke, few receive the full course of proper rehabilitation to regain prior level of function and enhance quality of life (Lynch, et al, 2017). This is a result of the inequality of access to rehabilitation after a stroke, which is not only a problem in the United States but internationally as well (Lynch, et al., 2017).
Telerehabilitation is a form of technology that can be used to create a safe rehabilitation environment from the comfort of one’s home in addition to being cost-effective (Chen, et al., 2016). Telerehabilitation is a tool that occupational therapists can utilize to promote access to necessary rehabilitation services long-term. This emerging approach can enhance the continuity of care once patients are discharged from rehabilitation by ensuring that they continue to improve their recovery beyond what is available currently (Kairy, et al., 2016).
The purpose of this quantitative research project is to analyze stroke survivor’s perception regarding participating occupational therapy services via telehealth to improve their long-term recovery. Through survey methods, this project aims to identify how long-term participation in telerehabilitation improves stroke survivor’s participation in meaningful activities.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Medical Subject Headings
Stroke, Survivors, Telemedicine, Occupational Therapy, Quality of Life. Surveys and Questionnaires
Neurology | Occupational Therapy
Murguido, A. N., Kasyan-Howe, P., & Domville, K. (2021, April 15). Exploring The Role of Occupational Therapy in Long-Term Telerehabilitation for Stroke Survivors. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesspring2021/17