Telerehabilitation mediated physiotherapy assessment of ankle disorders

Russell, Trevor G., Blumke, Robert, Richardson, Bradley and Truter, Piers (2010) Telerehabilitation mediated physiotherapy assessment of ankle disorders. Physiotherapy Research International, 15 3: 167-175. doi:10.1002/pri.471

Author Russell, Trevor G.
Blumke, Robert
Richardson, Bradley
Truter, Piers
Title Telerehabilitation mediated physiotherapy assessment of ankle disorders
Journal name Physiotherapy Research International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1358-2267
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/pri.471
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 167
End page 175
Total pages 9
Place of publication Bognor Regis, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background and Purpose. Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common source of chronic pain and disability. The ankle joint is the most common of these injuries and without adequate rehabilitation function can be severely impaired. Access to physiotherapy rehabilitation services can be limited due to geographical remoteness and a shortage of services in rural and remote areas. Telerehabilitation is a potential solution to bridge this service delivery gap. The aim of this study was to determine the criterion validity and reliability of conducting a remote musculoskeletal assessment of the ankle joint complex using telerehabilitation technologies compared with a face-to-face assessment. Methods. This study utilized a repeated measures design to assess 15 subjects (mean age 24.5, SD 10.8 years) presenting with ankle pain. Conventional face-to-face assessments were compared with assessments performed via a telerehabilitation system. Results. A similar agreement of 93.3% in patho-anatomical diagnosis and an 80% exact agreement (χ2 = 4.267; p < 0.04) in primary systems diagnosis was found between face-to-face and telerehabilitation assessments. Clinical observations were found to have very strong agreement (k = 0.92) for categorical data and significant agreement (93.3% agreement; χ2 = 234.4; p < 0.001) for binary data. A high level of inter- and intrarater reliability was found for the telerehabilitation assessments. Conclusions. This study demonstrates the criterion validity and reliability of remote musculoskeletal assessments of the ankle joint complex using telerehabilitation.
Keyword Ankle
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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