by Keyword: telehealth

English, C, Ceravolo, MG, Dorsch, S, Drummond, A, Gandhi, DBC, Green, JH, Schelfaut, B, Verschure, P, Urimubenshi, G, Savitz, S, (2022). Telehealth for rehabilitation and recovery after stroke: State of the evidence and future directions International Journal Of Stroke 17, 487-493

Aims: The aim of this rapid review and opinion paper is to present the state of the current evidence and present future directions for telehealth research and clinical service delivery for stroke rehabilitation. Methods: We conducted a rapid review of published trials in the field. We searched Medline using key terms related to stroke rehabilitation and telehealth or virtual care. We also searched clinical trial registers to identify key ongoing trials. Results: The evidence for telehealth to deliver stroke rehabilitation interventions is not strong and is predominantly based on small trials prone to Type 2 error. To move the field forward, we need to progress to trials of implementation that include measures of adoption and reach, as well as effectiveness. We also need to understand which outcome measures can be reliably measured remotely, and/or develop new ones. We present tools to assist with the deployment of telehealth for rehabilitation after stroke. Conclusion: The current, and likely long-term, pandemic means that we cannot wait for stronger evidence before implementing telehealth. As a research and clinical community, we owe it to people living with stroke internationally to investigate the best possible telehealth solutions for providing the highest quality rehabilitation.

JTD Keywords: rehabilitation, telehealth, Care, Feasibility, Rehabilitation, Telehealth, Trial, Virtual care