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Spinal Cord. 2017 Apr;55(4):383-389. doi: 10.1038/sc.2016.125. Epub 2016 Sep 6.

The effectiveness and satisfaction of web-based physiotherapy in people with spinal cord injury: a pilot randomised controlled trial.

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1
School of Medicine, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
2
Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injury Unit, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland, UK.
3
AKM-STATS, Statistical Consultants, Scotland, UK.

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN:

A pilot randomised controlled trial.

OBJECTIVES:

The aims of this study were to evaluate the effectiveness and participant satisfaction of web-based physiotherapy in people with spinal cord injury (SCI).

SETTING:

Community patients of a national spinal injury unit in a university teaching hospital, Scotland, UK.

METHODS:

Twenty-four participants were recruited and randomised to receive 8 weeks of web-based physiotherapy (intervention), twice per week, or usual care (control). Individual exercise programmes were prescribed based on participants' abilities. The intervention was delivered via a website (www.webbasedphysio.com) and monitored and progressed remotely by the physiotherapist.

RESULTS:

Participants logged on to the website an average of 1.4±0.8 times per week. Between-group differences, although not significant, were more pronounced for the 6-min walk test. Participants were positive about using web-based physiotherapy and stated that they would be happy to use it again and would recommend it to others. Overall, it was rated as either good or excellent.

CONCLUSIONS:

Web-based physiotherapy was feasible and acceptable for people with SCI. Participants achieved good compliance with the intervention and rated the programme highly and beneficial for health and well-being at various states after injury. The results of this study warrant further work with a more homogeneous sample.

SPONSORSHIP:

This study was funded by the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit, Glasgow, UK.

PMID:
27596027
DOI:
10.1038/sc.2016.125
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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