Patients' experiences of telerehabilitation at home after shoulder joint replacement

J Telemed Telecare. 2011;17(1):25-30. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2010.100317. Epub 2010 Nov 12.


We investigated the experience of ten patients who received video-based physiotherapy at home for two months after a shoulder joint replacement. Videoconferencing took place via the patient's home broadband connection at a bandwidth of 256-768 kbit/s. Qualitative interviews were carried out, transcribed and analysed. Through qualitative content analysis six categories were identified: (1) a different reinforced communication; (2) pain-free exercising as an effective routine; (3) from a dependent patient to a strengthened person at home; (4) closeness at a distance; (5) facilitated daily living; and (6) continuous physiotherapy chain. The access to bodily knowledge, continuity, collaboration and being at home were all aspects that contributed to the patients' recovery. The patients described experiences of safety, and strengthening during their daily exercise routine at home. The frequent interplay with the patient during telerehabilitation made it possible for the physiotherapist to make an individual judgement about each patient; this could be one reason for the positive findings. Home video-based physiotherapy may be useful in other kinds of physiotherapy.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement / rehabilitation*
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Physical Therapy Modalities* / standards
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Shoulder Joint / surgery*
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Telemedicine / standards
  • Videoconferencing* / standards