Physical Therapists’ Opinion of E-Health Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain
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Author/sMartínez de la Cal, Jesús; Fernández-Sánchez, Manuel; Matarán-Peñarrocha, Guillermo Adolfo; Hurley, Deirdre A.; Castro-Sánchez, Adelaida María; [et al.]
1) Background: Using new technologies to manage home exercise programmes is an approach that allows more patients to benefit from therapy. The objective of this study is to explore physical therapists’ opinions of the efficacy and disadvantages of implementing a web-based telerehabilitation programme for treating chronic low back pain (CLBP). (2) Methods: Nineteen physical therapists from academic and healthcare fields in both the public and private sector participated in the qualitative study. Texts extracted from a transcript of semi-structured, individual, in-depth interviews with each consenting participant were analysed to obtain the participants’ prevailing opinions. The interviews lasted approximately 40 min each. The participants’ responses were recorded. (3) Results: The results suggest that telerehabilitation can only be successful if patients become actively involved in their own treatment. However, exercise programmes for LBP are not always adapted to patient preferences. N...
low back pain