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Telehealth sounds a bit challenging, but it has potential: participant and physiotherapist experiences of gym-based exercise intervention for Achilles tendinopathy monitored via telehealth

Hasani, F, Malliaras, P, Haines, T, Munteanu, SE, White, J, Ridgway, J, Nicklen, P, Moran, A and Jansons, Paul 2021, Telehealth sounds a bit challenging, but it has potential: participant and physiotherapist experiences of gym-based exercise intervention for Achilles tendinopathy monitored via telehealth, BMC musculoskeletal disorders, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1186/s12891-020-03907-w.

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Title Telehealth sounds a bit challenging, but it has potential: participant and physiotherapist experiences of gym-based exercise intervention for Achilles tendinopathy monitored via telehealth
Author(s) Hasani, F
Malliaras, P
Haines, T
Munteanu, SE
White, J
Ridgway, J
Nicklen, P
Moran, A
Jansons, PaulORCID iD for Jansons, Paul orcid.org/0000-0002-8766-0516
Journal name BMC musculoskeletal disorders
Volume number 22
Issue number 1
Article ID 138
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1471-2474
1471-2474
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Orthopedics
Rheumatology
Achilles tendinopathy
Exercise
Telehealth
Barriers
Enablers
Satisfaction
Qualitative
Summary Background Although telehealth is becoming more popular for delivery of care for individuals with musculoskeletal pain, to our knowledge telehealth has not been used to manage Achilles tendinopathy. This research aimed to explore the experience of participants and physiotherapists with gym-based exercise interventions for Achilles tendinopathy monitored via videoconference. Methods A qualitative, interpretive description design was performed using semi-structured interviews (8 participants) and a focus group (7 physiotherapists). Participants and physiotherapists were interviewed about their experiences of the use of telehealth during a gym-based exercise intervention incorporating different calf load parameters for Achilles tendinopathy. We employed an inductive thematic analysis approach to analyse the data. Results Three themes identified from both participants and physiotherapists included i) acceptability of telehealth; ii) enablers to adherence with telehealth; and iii) barriers to adherence with telehealth. Two extra themes arose from participants regarding adherence with gym-based exercise, including enablers to adherence with the exercise intervention, and barriers to adherence with the exercise intervention. Both participants and physiotherapists expressed overall satisfaction and acceptability of telehealth monitoring of gym-based exercise.Conclusion Gym-based exercise intervention for Achilles tendinopathy involving weekly telehealth monitoring was acceptable to both participants and physiotherapists. Potential enablers and barriers were identified that may improve adherence to this type of intervention.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12891-020-03907-w
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Field of Research 1103 Clinical Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30148125

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