Physical Therapists’ Opinion of E-Health Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain

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Title: Physical Therapists’ Opinion of E-Health Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain
Authors: Martínez de la Cal, JesúsFernández-Sánchez, ManuelMatarán-Peñarrocha, Guillermo AdolfoHurley, Deirdreet al.
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Date: 16-Feb-2021
Online since: 2022-08-18T14:34:19Z
Abstract: (1) Background: Using new technologies to manage home exercise programmes is an approach that allows more patients to benefit from therapy. The objective of this study is to explore physical therapists’ opinions of the efficacy and disadvantages of implementing a web-based tele-rehabilitation programme for treating chronic low back pain (CLBP). (2) Methods: Nineteen physical therapists from academic and healthcare fields in both the public and private sector participated in the qualitative study. Texts extracted from a transcript of semi-structured, individual, in-depth interviews with each consenting participant were analysed to obtain the participants’ prevailing opinions. The interviews lasted approximately 40 min each. The participants’ responses were rec-orded. (3) Results: The results suggest that telerehabilitation can only be successful if patients be-come actively involved in their own treatment. However, exercise programmes for LBP are not al-ways adapted to patient preferences. New technologies allow physical therapists to provide their patients with the follow-up and remote contact they demand, but long-term adherence to treatment stems from knowledge of the exercises and the correct techniques employed by the patients them-selves. (4) Conclusions: Physical therapists treating patients with chronic non-specific low back pain believe that new technologies can provide highly effective means of reaching a greater number of patients and achieving significant savings in healthcare costs, despite the limitations of a telereha-bilitation approach in developing an appropriate and effective patient-based physiotherapy pro-gramme.
Funding Details: European Commission - European Regional Development Fund
Funding Details: Spanish Ministry of Education and Vocational Training
I+D+i of Biomedical and Health Sciences in Andalusia
Instituto de Salud Carlos III
European Social Fund
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: MDPI
Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume: 18
Issue: 4
Start page: 1
End page: 12
Copyright (published version): 2021 The Authors
Keywords: Low back painPhysical therapistsHome-based exerciseTelerehabilitation
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18041889
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 1661-7827
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