Title

Perceptions of rehabilitation professionals in Dasmariñas City towards the necessity and usefulness of telerehabilitation

Date of Completion

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Telerehabilitation

Abstract

A descriptive quantitative study design was used with total enumeration as the sampling method for this survey. The study was conducted to 39 rehabilitation professionals such as physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists working in private rehabilitation clinics and hospitals in Dasmarinas City. The research instrument is a self-made 45 item survey questionnaire in the form of a checklist adapted from the study entitled “Telerehabilitation needs: a bidirectional survey of health professionals and individuals with spinal cord injury in South Korea” by Kim et al. (2012). Data was analyzed through frequency and mean. The results showed that most of the rehabilitation professionals are physical therapists, females, 21-23 years old, working for one (1) to five (5) years, employed in university hospitals and private rehabilitation clinics, working with pediatric rehabilitation and not experienced yet with telerehabilitation. The overall perception towards the necessity and usefulness of telerehabilitation are all neutral. Lastly, those who aged from 27-29 and 33-35 years old, speech language pathologists, with years of expertise of 26-30 years and working in general hospital gave a positive perception towards the necessity and usefulness of telerehabilitation, those who aged from 36-38 years old gave a negative perception to telerehabilitation, while other profiles not mentioned gave a neutral perception to telerehabilitation. Their neutral perceptions are probably influenced by a number of factors such as lack of knowledge and experience to telerehabilitation, appropriateness of the type of telerehabilitation technology, effects of telerehabilitation to provider-patient relationship, patient's adherence to the treatment, under-developed ICTs in the Philippines, lack of information technology support, lack of interested providers and distance communication issues in the country.

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