A Telerehabilitation Pilot Study: Videoconferencing and Wheelchair Positioning in a Bilingual Context.
This was a 4 month pilot project to obtain data based on the experiences of 6 multi-impaired anglophone older adults who underwent up to 3 sessions of simple wheelchair positioning and on the experiences of 4 clinicians (2 bilingual specialists from the host site and 2 French speaking Occupational Therapists from the remote site). There were 3 aspects of videoconferencing that were evaluated (1) quality of the work carried out, (2) satisfaction with the process and outcomes as evaluated by clients and (3) by rehabilitation clinicians. In general, both host and remote clinicians were pleased with videoconferencing. Nevertheless, there were minor equipment malfunctions on 29% of videoconferencing sessions. An extensive set of recommendations to deal with these issues is provided.
In collaboration with Lucie Germain, Julie Lagace, Daniel Rock, Gerard Fontaine, and Ghislaine Prata. Affiliated institutions: McGill University; Dawson College; SMBD Jewish General Hospital; Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Center; and CHSLD Bayview Center.
Quebec, Videoconferencing, Evaluation, Telerehabilitation, Recommendations
Fichten, Catherine S. and Lefebvre, Genevieve. 2004. A Telerehabilitation Pilot Study: Videoconferencing and Wheelchair Positioning in a Bilingual Context. 1-18. (Unpublished).