Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy

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October 2023 - Volume 47 - Issue 4

  • George D. Fulk, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • 1557-0576
  • 1557-0584
  • 4 issues per year
  • Rehabilitation 10/68
    Clinical Neurology 75/212
  • 3.8
    5-Year Impact Factor: 4.7

​​​​We are excited to share all the great content in the October 2023 issue of JNPT; a special issue on digital health, edited by Drs. English, Fritz and Gomes-Osman​. In this issue, Fowler King and colleagues​ describe determinants of implementation for digital health technology use to facilitate exercise behavior change for people with Parkinson disease. Baehr and colleagues evaluated the feasibility of a synchronous group tele-ex​ercise program for individuals with spinal cord injury. Carmona and colleagues developed and evaluated a remote version of the upper extremity Fugl-Meyer assessment of motor impairment after stroke for use in telerehabilitation. Yavas and colleagues investigated the feasibility and outcomes of telerehabilitation-based pelvic floor muscle training for urinary incontinence among people with multiple sclerosis. Perron and colleagues provide best-practice resources to facilitate telehealth implementation developed by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT) Telehealth Taskforce.

Also, be sure to read the inaugural message from the new ANPT president Nancy Fell about expanding and engaging ANPT membership. Finally, don't miss the ANPT election results​ for the Board of Directors and Nominating Committees. Congratulations to all the election winners!

We hope you enjoy this issue!

Pierce Boyne PT, DPT, PhD
JNPT Digital Media Editor

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Telehealth Models of Service Delivery—A Brave New World

Providing physiotherapy or other health care services in alternative ways to face to face in-person delivery has been around for many years. One of the earliest examples is a trial published in 1977 comparing telephone consultations to in-person education to parents of children with disabilities. As technology has developed, research into alternative models of remote health care delivery has exploded. A large range of options now exist, covering the spectrum from assessment to intervention and including real-time video consultations, remote monitoring, health care mobile applications, and Web-based platforms. As the different ways in which remote health care can be offered have increased, so too has the variation in terminology. This can be problematic; for example, a search of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews using the key words “telehealth or telerehabilitation or telemedicine or e-health or m-health" resulted in only 41 hits. Adding the term “digital health" and “virtual care" increased the yield to 137 reviews, but this included unrelated topics, for example, related to digital nerve blocks, or virtual reality training (that can occur either in-person or remotely).

Read the full editorial here.

C. English, PhD, N. E. Fritz, PhD, and J. Gomes-Osman, PhD; Special Issue Editors ​





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