Maximizing Telerehabilitation for Patients With Visual Loss After Stroke: Interview and Focus Group Study With Stroke Survivors, Carers, and Occupational Therapists

Dunne, Stephen, Close, Helen, Richards, Nicola, Ellison, Amanda and Lane, Alison R. (2020) Maximizing Telerehabilitation for Patients With Visual Loss After Stroke: Interview and Focus Group Study With Stroke Survivors, Carers, and Occupational Therapists. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22 (10). ISSN 1438-8871

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Abstract

Background: Visual field defects are a common consequence of stroke, and compensatory eye movement strategies have been identified as the most promising rehabilitation option. There has been a move toward compensatory telerehabilitation options, such as the Durham Reading and Exploration (DREX) training app, which significantly improves visual exploration, reading, and self-reported quality of life.

Objective: This study details an iterative process of liaising with stroke survivors, carers, and health care professionals to identify barriers and facilitators to using rehabilitation tools, as well as elements of good practice in telerehabilitation, with a focus on how the DREX package can be maximized.

Methods: Survey data from 75 stroke survivors informed 12 semistructured engagement activities (7 focus groups and 5 interviews) with 32 stroke survivors, 10 carers, and 24 occupational therapists.

Results: Thematic analysis identified key themes within the data. Themes identified problems associated with poststroke health care from both patients’and occupational therapists’ perspectives that need to be addressed to improve uptake of this rehabilitation tool and telerehabilitation options generally. This included identifying additional materials or assistance that were required to boost the impact of training packages. The acute rehabilitation setting was an identified barrier, and perceptions of technology were considered a barrier by some but a facilitator by others. In addition, 4 key features of telerehabilitation were identified: additional materials, the importance of goal setting, repetition, and feedback.

Conclusions: The data were used to try to overcome some barriers to the DREX training and are further discussed as considerations for telerehabilitation in general moving forward.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Psychology > Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Stephen Dunne
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2020 15:24
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2020 18:00
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12713
ORCID for Stephen Dunne: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6415-2909
ORCID for Helen Close: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5024-4386
ORCID for Nicola Richards: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7173-5686
ORCID for Amanda Ellison: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0558-7018
ORCID for Alison R. Lane: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5962-7543

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