Telerehabilitation Solution Conceptual Paper for Community-Based Rehabilitation of Patients Discharged after Critical Illness


  • Aphrodite Tsavourelou Nicosia General Hospital European University Cyprus Democritus University of Thrace
  • Nikolas Stylianides Open University of Cyprus
  • Andreas Papadopoulos University of Cyprus
  • Marios D. Dikaiakos University of Cyprus
  • Serafeim Nanas National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Theodoros Kyprianoy Nicosia General Hospital SGUL Medical Program at University of Nicosia
  • Savvas P. Tokmakidis Democritus University of Thrace



A novel service oriented platform has been developed under the framework of the Telerehabilitation Service funded by the Cross Border Cooperation Programme Greece Cyprus 2007 – 2013 to support tele-supervised exercise rehabilitation for patients after hospitalization in intensive care units (ICU). The platform enables multiparty, interregional bidirectional audio/visual communication between clinical practitioners and post-ICU patients. It also enables patient group-based vital sign real time monitoring, patients’ clinical record bookkeeping, and individualized and group-based patient online exercise programs. The exercise programs intended for the service are based on successful cardiorespiratory rehabilitation programs, individualized and monitored by a multidisciplinary team. The eligibility study of former ICU patients to participate in such a service as well as a cost benefit analysis are presented to support the cost effectiveness of the telerehabilitation program in addition to the expected health benefits to a large proportion of former ICU patients.


Author Biographies

Aphrodite Tsavourelou, Nicosia General Hospital European University Cyprus Democritus University of Thrace

Nicosia General Hospital, Intensive Care Unit, Physiotherapist

Democritus University of Thrace, Dept of Physical Education and Sport Science, PhD candidate

European University of Cyprus, Scientific Collaborator

Marios D. Dikaiakos, University of Cyprus


Serafeim Nanas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


Theodoros Kyprianoy, Nicosia General Hospital SGUL Medical Program at University of Nicosia

Head of Intensive Care Unit (Nicosia General Hospital)

Associate Professor (SGUL Medical Program at University of Nicosia)

Savvas P. Tokmakidis, Democritus University of Thrace



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How to Cite

Tsavourelou, A., Stylianides, N., Papadopoulos, A., Dikaiakos, M. D., Nanas, S., Kyprianoy, T., & Tokmakidis, S. P. (2016). Telerehabilitation Solution Conceptual Paper for Community-Based Rehabilitation of Patients Discharged after Critical Illness. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 8(2), 61–70.




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