An at-home, telehealth-based stroke rehabilitation program helped patients regain lower body function, according to a study published online ahead of the August print edition of the journal Stroke.
The study was led by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Department of Veterans Af-fairs’ Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.
The researchers evaluated 52 veterans who were living at home and who had survived a hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke within the previous two years. Some of the patients received their usual care and some participated in a stroke telerehabilitation program called STeleR.
For the STeleR program, researchers installed a camera to record veterans’ functional abilities and connected an in-home messaging device to a telephone line. A remote therapist used the messaging device to monitor the veterans on a weekly basis.
Compared with veterans who received usual care, the study found that veterans who participated in the STeleR program were better able to:
• Maintain a regular exercise routine;
• Prepare meals;
• Handle personal needs, such as bathing; and
• Manage their finances