South Korean Research Shows Strong Interest in the Possibility of Telerehabilitative Services Among Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

South Korean Research Shows Strong Interest in the Possibility of Telerehabilitative Services Among Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

As Samsung and Hyundai are climbing up the ladder of competition smart phone and car, South Korean once again ahead of us on the medical delivery mechanism. Korean is one of the leading Internet country in the world now, with relative dense population in its major cities, such as Soul, such technology is becoming more promising, if the current practitioners and regulatory agencies start to recognize the demand!

A study was performed with the purpose “To assess multiple facets of awareness, understanding, value, needs, and desirability to resolve issues regarding unmet medical needs of individuals with a disability by adopting telerehabilitation. The survey included collection and analysis of current services as well as of supplementary and future services of rehabilitative interventions in South Korea.”

Study Design and Participants:

Thirty-six health professionals who were members of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine and 57 individuals with spinal cord injury responded to a survey of those belonging to two non-profit professional groups, one group belonging to the Korean Spinal Cord Injury Association and joining the National Spinal Cord Injury Wheelchair Games and the other group belonging to the Jeong-Sang-Hye (High Quad Spinal Cord Injury Association) and having joined one of the focus groups of the Korea National Rehabilitation Research Institute. The two surveys were designed specifically for investigating each group’s perspectives of awareness, understanding, value, needs, and desirability of telerehabilitation.

Conclusions: Telerehabilitation holds great promise as a bridge to traditional face-to-face clinical service delivery. From the results, there are a few categories in the survey that indicate notable differences between the two groups regarding the awareness, desirability, order of preference in rehabilitation service, and telerehabilitation expenses.

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