The patient’s perspective of in-home telerehabilitation physiotherapy services following total knee arthroplasty.

The authors conducted this study with the goal of exploring patients’ perceptions regarding telerehabilitation services received after total knee replacement. In their qualitative embedded single case study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with five patients who had previously received in-home telerehabilitation following total knee arthroplasty. Participants were asked to reflect on their 8-week rehabilitation process and on their experience with the home telerehabilitation program. Interviews were transcribed and a qualitative thematic analysis was conducted. Six overarching themes emerged from the patients’ perceptions: (1) improving access to services with reduced need for transportation; (2) developing a strong therapeutic relationship with therapist while maintaining a sense of personal space; (3) complementing telerehabilitation with in-person visits; (4) providing standardized yet tailored and challenging exercise programs using telerehabilitation; (5) perceived ease-of-use of telerehabilitation equipment; and (6) feeling a continuing sense of support.

The authors concluded that acquiring a greater understating of the patient’s experience in telerehabilitation will be essential as programs continue to be developed and applied.