Use of a Telerehabilitation Platform in a Stroke Continuum: A Qualitative Study of Patient and Therapist Acceptability


  • Isabelle Gaboury Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke, Longueuil, Québec, Canada
  • Rosalie Dostie School of Rehabilitation, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
  • Hélène Corriveau School of Rehabilitation, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
  • Arnaud Demoustier School of Nursing, Université de Sherbrooke, Longueuil, Québec, Canada
  • Michel Tousignant School of Rehabilitation, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada



Acceptability, Healthcare professionals, Multidisciplinary Team, Qualitative interview, Stroke, Telerehabilitation


The purpose of this study was to describe the acceptability of a stroke telerehabilitation platform from the perspective of both patients and therapists. Two public rehabilitation centers participated in a pilot telerehabilitation trial. A theoretical framework was used to conceptualize acceptability. Semi-structured individual interviews with patients and focus groups of therapists were conducted. Most participants and therapists were satisfied with the intervention. Participants emphasized the advantages of staying at home to get their treatments. Therapists were more skeptical at first about their self-efficacy to deliver therapy remotely. There was a consensus among therapists about the need for a combination of telerehabilitation and in-person visits to optimize treatments. While we found overall good acceptability, effectiveness of this technology could be improved via an accessible user interface, complementary rehabilitation material, and ongoing training and technical just-in-time support with therapists.



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Gaboury, I., Dostie, R., Corriveau, H., Demoustier, A., & Tousignant, M. (2022). Use of a Telerehabilitation Platform in a Stroke Continuum: A Qualitative Study of Patient and Therapist Acceptability. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 14(2).



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