Title

Feasibility of telerehabilitation in the community-oriented rehabilitation program of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences in Brgy. Kabulusan, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Cavite

Date of Completion

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Telerehabilitation

Abstract

A descriptive quantitative and qualitative study was conducted in coordination with the residents and local government unit of Brgy. Kabulusan, members of the academe of DLSHSI College of Rehabilitation Sciences and IT experts in the Institute, and a private telecommunication company. Non-probability purposive sampling based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria was used in this study. Three (3) separate dates were scheduled to meet each of the three (3) groups of respondents to introduce the concept of telerehabilitation with the use of a brochure and a Powerpoint presentation. Self-administered survey questionnaires were then distributed after the orientation. The survey questionnaires were answered using a 5-point Likert scale and were analyzed statistically through frequency distribution, mean and percentage. The results of the feasibility study showed that a telerehabilitation infrastructure in Brgy. Kabulusan, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Cavite is feasible to a great extent. Specifically, data showed that the project is feasible to a great extent as to technical and financial requirements and feasible to a great extent as to level of acceptance from the members of the community, the local government unit, members of the academe, IT experts, and the private sector. Qualitative data gathered from the study showed that implementing a telerehabilitation in Brgy. Kabulusan would improve the way of providing physical therapy services in a rural area. Consultation, assessment, intervention, and re-evaluation would be faster and easier through the use of videoconferencing, e-mail and mobile messaging for the clients, interns, barangay health workers, and local government unit. However, on the part of the physical therapist, they might come up with the wrong assessment through the use of such technology. In terms of the telerehabilitation infrastructure, the IT experts recommend the ideal requirements more than the minimum requirements. Moreover, the private company is willing and capable to finance the ideal requirements and that they could provide telerehabilitation software and faster internet connection. In conclusion, the results indicate that establishing a telerehabilitation infrastructure in a rural CoRP community like Brgy. Kabulusan, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Cavite is feasible.

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