Title

The usability of PhysioAdvisor application in carrying home physical therapy among out-patitents with lumbosacral strain at De La Salle University Medical Center

Date of Completion

6-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Sprains and Strains, Physical Therapy, Mobile Applications

Abstract

PhysioAdvisor is a mobile application that can be used to carry out physical therapy at home. It is an application designed by physiotherapists in facilitating home exercise program with a chance of increased patient compliance and adherence to their prescribed home exercises. It has several features such as the pictures which serves as an instruction for patients in performing the exercises. This study sought to investigate on the usability of PhysioAdvisor in carrying home physical therapy among lumbosacral strain outpatients of De La Salle University Medical Center. This study used the qualitative-descriptive method. Using purposive sampling, the researchers conducted an interview with three respondents (2 males and 1 female), wherein the information coming from the participants where in a form of words, sentences, and phrases which were interpreted by coding. Each of these information was sorted out into three themes which are satisfaction, learnability, and efficiency. Thematic analysis was used for data analysis. The results of the qualitative-descriptive method under learnability appears to be that PhysioAdvisor's features were helpful such as that the instructions provided for the exercises were detailed and complete. For satisfaction, according to the respondents, the exercises provided were effective in decreasing the pain on their low back. Lastly, for efficiency, they were familiar with the use of technology especially using mobile applications such as PhysioAdvisor, and that the exercises were easy to follow since there were pictures provided. PhysioAdvisor can be of great help in contributing to patient's adherence to home exercises through its said features. Furthermore, it has demonstrated positive effects on patient's compliance and hence, generated favorable response.

First Advisor

Billy Jay Pedron

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