A systematic review of the effects of telerehabilitation in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases

Hwang, Rita, Bruning, Jared, Morris, Norman, Mandrusiak, Allison and Russell, Trevor (2015) A systematic review of the effects of telerehabilitation in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases. Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and prevention, 35 6: 380-389. doi:DOI:10.1097/HCR.0000000000000121

Author Hwang, Rita
Bruning, Jared
Morris, Norman
Mandrusiak, Allison
Russell, Trevor
Title A systematic review of the effects of telerehabilitation in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases
Journal name Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and prevention   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-7501
Publication date 2015-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI DOI:10.1097/HCR.0000000000000121
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 35
Issue 6
Start page 380
End page 389
Total pages 10
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: To examine the effects of telerehabilitation compared with other delivery models for improving physical or functional outcomes in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.

Methods: A search was completed for English language publications from 1990 to August 2013 across 4 electronic databases and gray literature. Inclusion criteria were: (1) home-based telerehabilitation as a core component; (2) at least 2 exercise sessions; (3) randomized controlled trials; and (4) reporting of physical or functional outcome measures in adult patients with coronary heart disease, chronic heart failure, and chronic respiratory disease. Studies were independently screened by 2 reviewers and graded by a reviewer according to the Downs and Black checklist. A narrative synthesis of the included studies was undertaken.

Results: Eleven studies were analyzed. It appears that telerehabilitation is no different to other delivery models for patients with cardiopulmonary diseases, in terms of exercise capacity expressed as distance on the 6-minute walk test and peak oxygen consumption and quality of life. Telerehabilitation appears to have higher adherence rates compared with center-based exercise. There has been similar or no adverse events reported in telerehabilitation compared with center-based exercise.

Conclusions: Although telerehabilitation shows promise in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases, compelling evidence is still limited. There is a need for more detailed, high-quality studies and for studies on the use of video-based telerehabilitation.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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