People attending pulmonary rehabilitation demonstrate a substantial engagement with technology and willingness to use telerehabilitation: a survey

Zachariah Seidman, Renae McNamara, Sally Wootton, Regina Leung, Lissa Spencer, Marita Dale, Sarah Dennis, Zoe McKeough

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Questions: What is the level of technology engagement by people attending pulmonary rehabilitation? Are participant demographics and level of technology engagement associated with willingness to use telerehabilitation? Design: A cross-sectional, multicentre study involving quantitative survey analysis. Participants: Convenience sample of people with chronic respiratory disease attending a pulmonary rehabilitation program, maintenance exercise class or support group. Outcome measures: The survey assessed the participants’ level of technology engagement (access to and use of devices), self-rated skill competence, access to online health information and willingness to use telerehabilitation. Results: Among the 254 people who were invited, all agreed to complete the survey (100% response rate). Among these 254 respondents, 41% were male, the mean age was 73 years (SD 10), and the mean forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) was 59% predicted (SD 23). Ninety-two percent (n = 233) of participants accessed at least one technological device, of whom 85% (n = 198) reported regularly using mobile phones and 70% (n = 164) regularly used a computer or tablet. Fifty-seven percent (n = 144) of participants self-rated their technology skill competence as good and 60% (n = 153) of all participants were willing to use telerehabilitation. The multivariate regression model found regular computer use (OR 3.14, 95% CI 1.72 to 5.71) and regular mobile phone use (OR 2.83, 95% CI 1.32 to 6.09)were most associated with a willingness to use telerehabilitation. Conclusion: People attending metropolitan pulmonary rehabilitation, maintenance exercise classes and support groups had substantial technology engagement, with high device access and use, and good self-rated technology competence. The majority of participants were willing to use telerehabilitation, especially if they were regular users of technology devices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physiotherapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • telerehabilitation
  • surveys and questionnaires
  • technology
  • pulmonary
  • physical therapy


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