Supervised Teletherapy

 
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In the near future all therapies like occupational therapy or physical therapy will be done via media like Skype. The therapist will be sitting in his office and guiding the patient, who is at home, via webcam and microphone through his daily exercises. If necessary, the therapist can be consulted by the patient in the traditional way.

The therapist is always informed about the patient’s progress and about problems occuring during the therapy. It also saves a lot of costs and time because the patient doesn’t have to get to the therapist’s practice and vice versa. Also specialists from foreign countries can be consulted easily or are able to participate in an exercising session.

The compliance of the patient can be increased because he has to do the excercises and the therapist would know if the patient had not done them (properly). Also the success and the quality of the therapy will increase because the therapist supervises the patient during the whole activities.

 

8 Responses to “Supervised Teletherapy”

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  3. The idea is very good, because it is always wise to do physical exercises by getting support from a therapist. If the therapist is present, he can decide whether the exercises are useful for the patient or if he performs them correctly. Further he also can check easily whether the exercises bring the expected success. The success of therapy sessions often fluctuate between each session, so a conversation at the beginning is very important to check e.g. the mood or the condition of the patient. The therapist can interfere during the therapy process if difficulties occur, can provide additional instructions or can take a motivating role.

     
  4. Due to our demographic situation in middle europe, we need to save as much costs as we can. The teletherapy via Skype allows a lot of possibilities and will lead us to better therapy-outcomes and, as already mentioned, cost-savings. I am very excited what will happen in this area in the next decades. I think that this field will grow as high as the home-monitoring field. If the patient will use telemonitoring applications to transmit his/her vital signs, the therapist will be informed properly and can work on the patient’s therapy. We well see what happen.

     
  5. There are several reasons making this vision a quite good idea. Number one is that it has a high feasibility because it does not make use of too sophisticated technologies which makes it accessable for a wide range of users. Apart from that it uses the technology not only to make consulting the therapist easier but also offering additional information for the therapist. This idea brings advantages for both sides, the therapist and the patient. This will help to raise the acceptance a lot, which is a very important cornerstone for a vision trying to become reality.

     
  6. The idea of teletherapy via skype or similar technology could be very useful as a complementary element to traditional physical or occupational therapy. It could however not replace it, I believe.

    The method would use technology that is already very wide-spread. But not everybody has access to a suitable internet connection or is sufficiently skilled with computers and IT. However, for those who are, teletherapy could open up new possibilities, from more consultations to more frequent supervision when it comes to doing exercises. Yet I do not believe it can or should completely replace traditional therapy. Something as hands-on and applied as physical or occupational therapy exercises should not only be learned or viewed on the internet. A patient might miss a slight nuance about how to do a certain exercise and a therapist might miss how a patient is doing an exercise slightly wrong.

    An exercise could be learned in a traditional session and if questions arise before the next one, a tele-session could be set up to clear things up.

     
  7. I’m also in favour with the Supervised Teletherapy because it is often a problem that people make their exercise at home in a false way for example they weight a fase part or train the wrong muscle so that the exercise is not effective for their problem. With the Supervised Teletherapy the therapist can always see how the patient behave and how he/she handle the whole situation.
    Another important stressfactor is vanished with the Supervised Teletherapy. To go to the therapist is often a big problem. Mostely the patient can not go by car or bus alone. With this new methode the patient do not have to bother about “who has time to bring me to and get me from the therapist”.

    However the Supervised Teletherapy has some really important plus points, it will never replace a real therapist next to you. Mostely in a therapy there is a massage included and the therapist can touch it and maybe feel if something is wrong.

    Finally I think it is a very good addition and really helpful but the Supervised Teletherapy do not replace a normal therapy.

     
  8. I think the supervised teletherapy is a good idea but there are also some problems.The therapist is able to guide a patient via webcam but he/she isn’t able to correct a mistake a patient could make during his therapy.

    The second problem is that elderly patients might not be able to handle such a teletherapy. They often need help during the therapy to perform the excercises in correct way.

    In general the teletherapy could be useful for young people who had an accident. They often need help for their rehabilitation but they are also able to perform excercises while staying at home.

    So the teletherapy could be a good option for some specific areas, but in the near future therapy should be done in a conventional way.

     

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