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Title: A review of telerehabilitation for cardiac patients
Authors: FREDERIX, Ines
Vanhees, Luc
Goetschalckx, Kaat
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Journal of telemedicine and telecare, 21 (1), p. 45-53
Abstract: We conducted a literature review of telerehabilitation interventions on cardiac patients. We searched for studies evaluating some form of telerehabilitation in cardiac patients. A total of 116 publications were screened initially, of which 37 publications were eligible for further review. We assessed study strength, based on the level of evidence and the quality of the intervention. The majority of the articles (70%) represented the highest level of evidence. Most interventions were of good (46%) or fair (51%) quality. Most studies evaluated the efficacy of the telerehabilitation interventions (84%), while 38% reported on feasibility and acceptance. Most studies did not include safety and/or cost-benefit analyses. Most telerehabilitation interventions (90%) employed only one or two core components of cardiac rehabilitation (CR). Of the CR core components, physical activity was most frequently evaluated. Telerehabilitation appears to be a feasible and effective additional and/or alternative form of rehabilitation, compared to conventional in-hospital CR. Evaluations of telerehabilitation programmes taking into account patient safety and health economics are now required.
Notes: Frederix, I (reprint author), KULeuven, Dept Med, Beatrijslaan 105, B-3110 Rotselaar, Belgium. ines.frederix@gmail.com
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/17809
DOI: 10.1177/1357633X14562732
ISI #: 000347461600006
ISSN: 1357-633X
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2016
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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