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International Journal of Telemedicine and ApplicationsVolume 2012 2012, Article ID 798791, 7 pages

Research ArticleDivision of Physiotherapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4072, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

Received 24 May 2012; Revised 9 August 2012; Accepted 23 August 2012

Academic Editor: George Demiris

Copyright © 2012 Jonathan Tang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an effective treatment for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, access to these services is limited especially in rural and remote areas. Telerehabilitation has the potential to deliver pulmonary rehabilitation programs to these communities. The aim of this study was threefold: to establish the technical feasibility of transmitting real-time pulse oximetry data, determine the validity of remote measurements compared to conventional face-to-face measures, and evaluate the participants’ perception of the usability of the technology. Thirty-seven healthy individuals participated in a single remote pulmonary rehabilitation exercise session, conducted using the eHAB telerehabilitation system. Validity was assessed by comparing the participant-s oxygen saturation and heart rate with the data set received at the therapist’s remote location. There was an 80% exact agreement between participant and therapist data sets. The mean absolute difference and Bland and Altman’s limits of agreement fell within the minimum clinically important difference for both oxygen saturation and heart rate values. Participants found the system easy to use and felt confident that they would be able to use it at home. Remote measurement of pulse oximetry data for a pulmonary rehabilitation exercise session was feasible and valid when compared to conventional face-to-face methods.





Autor: Jonathan Tang, Allison Mandrusiak, and Trevor Russell

Fuente: https://www.hindawi.com/



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