Category: Technology (e.g. robotics, assistive technology, mHealth); Health Services Research; Quality Improvement and Implementation Science
Objective : Aim of the study was to explore the knowledge and attitudes of Saudi clinicians about TR.
An electronic survey questionnaire was distributed among rehabilitation clinicians across different regions in Saudi Arabia.
Setting : Rehabilitation Hospital King Fahad Medical City Riyadh Saudi arabia
Participants (or Animals, Specimens, Cadavers) : 82 Rehabilitation clinician participated
Interventions : n/a
Main Outcome Measure(s) :
knowledge and attitudes of Saudi Rehab clinicians about TR.
Results : 82 clinician participated in this study out of which 63% (52) were males, and 36. % (30) were female. 65 (79.2%) were working in inpatient rehabilitation facility and 79 (96.34%) were using smartphones. The respondents included Physiatrists 30.49% (25), Physical Therapist 26.83% (22), Speech-Language 20.73% (17), Rehabilitation Nurses 7.32% (6), Orthotist 7.32% (6), Psychologist 4.88% (4) and Occupational Therapist 2.44% (2). 46.34% (38) were aware of TR technology but had not used it, 19.51% (16) were aware of technology and used it on an intermittent basis, 18.29% (15) had good knowledge and used it on regular basis whereas 15.85 (13) did not know about the technology. 69.51% (57) considered both TR and Community Based Rehabilitation as methods to improve the rehabilitation services delivery system in the country. 43.90% (36) lacked of Information about communication technology. High cost, patient compliance, policy making, and lack of skilled personnel and patient compliance were identified as limitation factors for using TR services. 52.44% (43) considered data security, patient privacy, and consultation from unauthorized person as associated risk of TR services.
We emphasize to adopt measure to increase utilization of TR. The clinician concerns can be addressed by enhancing awareness about TR and establishing local TR guidelines. Our Study also emphasizes on gradual implication of TR, careful selection of appropriate patients, staff training and policy maker to start initiative locally.
Sami Ullah– Physiatrist, Department of physical Medicine and rehabilitation,Rehabilitaion Hospital King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Ar Riyad
Amal Maghazil– Speech Language Pathologist, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Ar Riyad
Ahmad Zaheer Qureshi– Sub specialist Consultant, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Ar Riyad
Sherif Tantawy– Assistant Consultant, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Ar Riyad
Imad Moukais– Physiatrist, Rehabilitaion Hospital King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Ar Riyad
Adel Aldajani– Director, Rehabilitaion Hospital King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Ar Riyad