OBJECTIVE: To compare the 6-month outcomes of telerehabilitation intervention with those of standard care for spinal cord injury (SCI). DESIGN: Multicenter randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Home, nursing, or unspecialized hospital care provided after discharge from a spinal cord unit. PARTICIPANTS: Adult patients with nonprogressive, complete, or incomplete SCI discharged for the first time from the spinal cord unit to their homes (Belgium and Italy) or to their homes or another facility (England). INTERVENTIONS: All patients received the standard care they would have normally received after discharge from the spinal cord unit. In addition, patients in the telemedicine group received 8 telemedicine weekly sessions in the first 2 months, followed by biweekly telemedicine sessions for 4 months. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Functional status at 6 months, clinical complications during the postdischarge period, and patient satisfaction. RESULTS: No significant differences in the occurrence of clinical complications were found between the study groups. A higher improvement of functional scores in the telemedicine group was found only at the Italian site: FIM total score 3.38+/-4.43 (controls) versus 7.69+/-6.88 (telemedicine group), FIM motor score 3.24+/-4.38 (controls) versus 7.55+/-7.00 (telemedicine group; P

Functional and clinical outcomes of telemedicine in patients with spinal cord injury.

Dallolio L;RUCCI, PAOLA;FANTINI, MARIA PIA
2008

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OBJECTIVE: To compare the 6-month outcomes of telerehabilitation intervention with those of standard care for spinal cord injury (SCI). DESIGN: Multicenter randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Home, nursing, or unspecialized hospital care provided after discharge from a spinal cord unit. PARTICIPANTS: Adult patients with nonprogressive, complete, or incomplete SCI discharged for the first time from the spinal cord unit to their homes (Belgium and Italy) or to their homes or another facility (England). INTERVENTIONS: All patients received the standard care they would have normally received after discharge from the spinal cord unit. In addition, patients in the telemedicine group received 8 telemedicine weekly sessions in the first 2 months, followed by biweekly telemedicine sessions for 4 months. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Functional status at 6 months, clinical complications during the postdischarge period, and patient satisfaction. RESULTS: No significant differences in the occurrence of clinical complications were found between the study groups. A higher improvement of functional scores in the telemedicine group was found only at the Italian site: FIM total score 3.38+/-4.43 (controls) versus 7.69+/-6.88 (telemedicine group), FIM motor score 3.24+/-4.38 (controls) versus 7.55+/-7.00 (telemedicine group; P
Dallolio L; Menarini M; China S; Ventura M; Stainthorpe A; Soopramanien A; Rucci P; Fantini MP
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