Development and Evaluation of a Training Package to support the Remote Assessment and Management of People with Movement Impairment and Disability

  • Funded by Department of Health and Social Care / National Institute for Health and Care Research (DHSC-NIHR), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Total publications:7 publications

Grant number: MR/V021060/1

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    Department of Health and Social Care / National Institute for Health and Care Research (DHSC-NIHR), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
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    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    University of Plymouth
  • Research Category

    Research on Capacity Strengthening

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  • Age Group

    Adults (18 and older)

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The problem: Physical disabilities are common throughout life. Usually, hands-on detailed movement assessment results in a targeted rehabilitation plan, with ongoing evaluation required as needs change. During Covid-19, many people, of all ages, have received no rehabilitation, & rehabilitation need is escalating with recovering Covid-19 patients; creating a "tsunami of rehabilitation need" (1). In response, clinicians are rapidly adapting & creating telerehabilitation solutions to manage caseloads & prioritise those at risk of deterioration, with little specific guidance, training or support. Professional bodies & clinical networks highlight the marked variations in approaches used, expressing concerns about potential inequity & inefficiency. Our rapid literature review underlines this problem, citing lack of specific guidance/training as barriers to effective telerehabilitation implementation. This has immediate & long-term relevance given the "new-norm". Research aim: Develop a Toolkit & Training package for the current/future workforce, wherein telerehabilitation will be integral to assessment & management. Study Design: Knowledge to Action Framework, methodology commonly used in implementation science. Key steps include: (i) literature review to inform guidance/provide examples of best practice; (ii) national online survey to identify clinicians' needs, (iii) production & evaluation of the Toolkit through iterative cycles of data collection, evaluation & refinement (initially in the SouthWest); (iv) national roll-out/evaluation, (v) Production of final training package for use within clinical/educational arenas. Study outputs: Practical guidance, process pathways & training to optimise the confidence & competence of clinicians to effectively implement telerehabilitation in people with physical disability from across the lifespan.

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Telehealth competencies for allied health professionals: A scoping review.

Telerehabilitation for people with physical disabilities and movement impairment: development and evaluation of an online toolkit for practitioners and patients.

Telerehabilitation for physical disabilities and movement impairment: A service evaluation in South West England.

Telerehabilitation for People With Physical Disabilities and Movement Impairment: A Survey of United Kingdom Practitioners.

Scope, context and quality of telerehabilitation guidelines for physical disabilities: a scoping review.

Technologies to Support Assessment of Movement During Video Consultations: Exploratory Study.