Continuous e-rehab - Use of telemedicine in rehabilitation of stroke patients

Description

The project aims to explore the rehabilitation offer that patients with stroke receive after treatment and the possibilities offered by telemedicine solutions to improve rehabilitation services.

The first part of the project consists of a follow-up study of patients with stroke admitted to the stroke unit of the University Hospital of North Norway. The goal is investigate today’s offer and understand the areas for potential improvement. Rehabilitation services and follow-up of patients with stroke will be described on the basis of data collected from the stroke register, discharge letter and a questionnaire.

The second part of the project consists of a clinical study, where the Norwegian basic test for aphasia will be validated for use via videoconferencing and compared to traditional face-to-face use. This study will be conducted in collaboration with the speech therapies at the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsø.

Goals

The aim of this project is to investigate whether telemedicine solutions can improve rehabilitation services for patients with stroke.

Method

The project consists of three subprojects:

Subproject I: mapping of rehabilitation services and follow-up of patients with stroke. The rehabilitation offer that patients receive during the first three months after discharge will be explored through data collected from the stroke register at the University Hospital of North Norway as well as discharge letters. Data will be combined with a questionnaire about the rehabilitation offer that patients received after discharge. The results will compared with the national recommendations for stroke treatment and individual recommendations given to the patient by the stroke unit.

Subproject IIa: Tele speech therapy. Test of feasibility of the Norwegian basic test for aphasia using videoconferencing. The study will recruit 24 patients.

Subproject IIb: Qualitative interview of patients and speech therapists. Interviews will be conducted right after the conduction of the test. The aim is to conduct approx. 10-12 interviews (2-3 interviews with speech therapists and 8-9 interviews with patients).

Project manager

Paolo Zanaboni Paolo Zanaboni

External project participants

  • Christoph Schäfer,
  • Audny Anke,

Project partners

Financing

Northern Norway Regional Health Authority

Theme

Services for health professionals

Project period

2011 - 2019

Last updated

23 August 2018