Human factors in the development and implementation of telerehabilitation systems

J Telemed Telecare. 2008;14(2):55-8. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2007.007040.


Telemedicine services must be designed and implemented with the users in mind. When conducting telerehabilitation, factors such as age, education and technology experience must be taken into account. In addition, telerehabilitation must also accommodate a range of potential patient impairments, including deficits in language, cognition, motor function, vision and voice. Telerehabilitation technology and treatment environments should adhere to universal design standards so as to be accessible, efficient, usable and understandable to all. This will result in improved access to a wider range of telerehabilitation services that will facilitate and enhance the rehabilitative treatment and recovery of people living with varying levels of injury, impairment and disability.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Ergonomics
  • Humans
  • Rehabilitation / organization & administration*
  • Telemedicine / standards*
  • Telemedicine / trends