Physiotherapists' and occupational therapists' perspectives on information and communication technology in stroke rehabilitation

Mille Nabsen Marwaa, Hanne Kaae Kristensen, Susanne Guidetti, Charlotte Ytterberg

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AIM: The aim of this study was to explore the current and potential use of information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance coherent person-centred rehabilitation after stroke, from the perspectives of physiotherapists and occupational therapists. METHOD: Five occupational therapists and four physiotherapists from different phases of the Danish stroke rehabilitation process were included and two focus group interviews were carried out. A grounded theory approach was used throughout the study and a constant comparative method was used in the analysis. RESULTS: Three subcategories were identified from the analysis of interviews with participants: 1) ICT and apps as meaningful and supportive in the rehabilitation process, 2) ICT as a tool in communication and documentation and 3) Barriers to the integration of ICT and apps in the rehabilitation process. From these categories one core category emerged: The potential of a personalized app solution to facilitate coherent person-centred rehabilitation. CONCLUSION: ICT was perceived as important to integrate in stroke rehabilitation both for assessment, training and to compensate for remaining deficits. The development of a personalized app solution could accommodate stroke survivors' and significant others' need for insight into and overview over the rehabilitation process as well as access to relevant information, which would thereby empower them. Furthermore, a personalized app solution could also facilitate follow-up after discharge and was perceived to ease the communication and documentation within and between sectors, as well as communication with both stroke survivors and significant others.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0236831
JournalPLOS ONE
Volume15
Issue number8
Number of pages18
ISSN1932-6203
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28. Aug 2020

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