Low-bandwidth, Internet-based videoconferencing for physical rehabilitation consultations

J Telemed Telecare. 2001;7(2):82-9. doi: 10.1258/1357633011936200.


Low-bandwidth, Internet-based videoconferencing was used to provide physical rehabilitation consultation services for eight community hospitals. Videoconferencing and file transmission used a PC and modem. A separate telephone line was used for voice. Over 21 months, 47 physical rehabilitation consultations were completed for communication disorders, foot care, gait problems, orthotics, prosthetics, arm weakness and wheelchair prescription. Consultations were approximately 40 min long. Clinician questionnaires were completed by 47 individuals. While more than 80% of the questionnaire responses supported the telemedicine approach, remote clinicians rated their satisfaction higher than did the specialists. Client questionnaires were completed by 24 individuals (a response rate of 51%). All clients were comfortable with and had confidence in the teleconsultations.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Attitude to Computers
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / methods*
  • Remote Consultation / methods*
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration