Rethinking Telerehabilitation: Attitudes of Physical Therapists and Patients

Fereshteh Saaei, Susan G. Klappa

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COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of telehealth among various specialties, including rehabilitation. The fast-paced implementation of telerehabilitation has laid bare its challenges, providing an opportunity for innovation in order to enhance the experience of remote care. The purpose of this study sought to understand the attitudes toward telerehabilitation from physical therapist (PT) and patient perspectives. Two surveys administered to PTs, and the general patient population explored beliefs regarding telerehabilitation. There were a total of 289 participant responses in this study. There were 228 PT respondents and 61 patients who responded to the patient survey. Qualitative results describe current attitudes toward telerehabilitation. Results indicated both groups were receptive to virtual therapy sessions; however, some challenges were also reported. Current challenges and trends in utilizing telerehabilitation are further discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Patient Experience
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • physical therapy
  • telerehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy


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