Rehabilitation in patients’ own home using telemedicine – telerehabilitation – motivates double as many cardiac patients to complete a rehabilitation course compared to rehabilitation at the hospital or a health clinic. That is the conclusion on a collaborative study, Teledialog, between the cardiology ward at Aalborg University Hospital, the cardiology ward at Sygehus Vendsyssel, and Hjørring and Frederikshavn municipalities. 151 patients recovering from either a blood clot or cardiologic surgery participated in the study.
For three months, participants kept track of their blood pressure, pulse, and weight and tracked their fitness regimen in an electronic journal shared with the hospital and the municipality. Patients also had access to online contact with a physiotherapist or nurse.
By offering tailored telerehabiliting, the municipalities can motivate a wider group of heart patients to take preventions in their health reducing the risk of relapse.
See video about the project here