Attitudes of COPD patients towards tele-rehabilitation: a cross-sector case study

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Nov 15;10(11):6184-98. doi: 10.3390/ijerph10116184.


The aim of this paper is to describe patients' attitudes towards tele-rehabilitation in the Danish TELEKAT (for Telehomecare, Chronic Patients and the Integrated Healthcare System) project, in order to better understand patients' behavior when performing tele-rehabilitation activities in home surroundings. A total of 111 COPD patients were included in the study, and they were randomized into an intervention group (n = 60) and a control group (n = 51). However, a non-randomized design was used to analyze the qualitative perspectives of the patients' attitudes towards tele-rehabilitation. From the intervention group, 22 COPD patients were selected for qualitative interviews and participant observation in their homes. The theoretical framework for this study is based on learning theory and the "communities of practice" approach inspired by Etienne Wenger. COPD patients exhibit four types of attitudes about their tele-rehabilitation: indifference, learning as part of situations in everyday life, feeling of security and motivation for performing physical training. The patients express the view that they circulate between these attitudes depending on their physical and emotional state as they perform their training. The COPD patients and healthcare professionals have created a community of tele-rehabilitation across sectors, exchanging experiences, stories and strategies for how to manage rehabilitation in home surroundings.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Denmark
  • Home Care Services*
  • Learning
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / rehabilitation*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Telemedicine*