Category: Technology (e.g. robotics, assistive technology, mHealth); Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development); Cross-Cutting
Objective : Identify clinician perspectives of the opportunities, patient needs and obstacles for adopting mHealth/mRehab interventions and technologies.
Design : Survey research using convenience sampling of clinicians across 10 clinical specialties.
Setting : Online survey of clinicians conducted from January 15 through March 3, 2019.
Participants (or Animals, Specimens, Cadavers) : 505 respondents. Speech pathologists=166; occupational therapists=104; physical therapist 74; recreation therapist=57; other=104.
Interventions : Participants completed online questionnaire on: professional experience, patient needs for therapy outside of clinical visits; utility of mHealth/mRehab interventions; and sources of information.
Main Outcome Measure(s) : 1) Level of knowledge of mRehab interventions and technologies by specialty, age, experience; 2) level of comfort prescribing mRehab interventions for patients by specialty, age, experience; 3) sources of information for learning about advances in rehabilitation technology; barriers to adoption by clinician and best use cases.
Results : 1) Half of clinicians are very or extremely comfortable integrating mRehab technology into their practice; 2) 22%-35% of clinicians in each profession were very or extremely knowledgeable regarding mRehab technologies; 3) most frequent information sources: professional conferences and journals, online information; 4) most critical use cases: support patient adherence and functioning.
Conclusions : mRehab interventions are perceived by all clinical specialties as useful for therapy outside of the clinic. About half of clinicians across specialties are comfortable using mRehab interventions, but knowledge lags. Main interest by clinicians is adherence.
John Morris– Senior Clinical Research Scientist, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Tracey Wallace– Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Research Scientist, Shepherd Center, Alpharetta, Georgia
Lauren Sheehan– Field Clinical Manager, NeuroLutions, St. Louis, Missouri
Lauren Souders– Clinical Manager, NeuroLutions, O FALLON, Illinois
Mike Jones– VP of Research and Technology, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Frank DeRuyter– Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Nicole Thompson– Research Program Manager, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, Georgia