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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 468560, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/468560
Research Article

Feasibility of Telerehabilitation Implementation as a Novel Experience in Rehabilitation Academic Centers and Affiliated Clinics in Tehran: Assessment of Rehabilitation Professionals’ Attitudes

1Department of Rehabilitation Management, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3Department of Rehabilitation Management, Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4Department of Biostatistics, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
5Department of Social Welfare, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Received 5 June 2015; Revised 8 October 2015; Accepted 8 October 2015

Academic Editor: Fei Hu

Copyright © 2015 Sara Movahedazarhouligh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Introduction. This study aimed to assess rehabilitation professionals’ attitude toward implementation and application of telerehabilitation technology as a novel study in rehabilitation academic centers and affiliated clinics in Tehran. Methods. It was a descriptive cross-sectional study. To collect data, a researcher-designed questionnaire was developed. 141 rehabilitation experts participated in the study. Results. A majority of faculty members (78%) and clinicians (89.7%) either were in “definite agreement” or “somewhat agreed” with implementation and application of this technology, which demonstrates an overall positive attitude. Discussion. Based on the positive attitudes of the majority of participants toward implementation and application of this technology and their preferences in offering different telerehabilitation services, it seems that there is an appropriate and desirable acceptance and administrative culture to implement this technology among rehabilitation experts in Tehran. It is thus expected that implementation and application of this technology will be a promising experience in rehabilitation academic centers and affiliate clinics in Tehran.