A Medical Student’s Perspective on the Growing Importance of Telemedicine/Telerehabilitation

Authors

  • Sung-Hoon Park BSA. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, McGovern Medical School, Houston; Neuromodulation and Neural Interfaces Laboratory, Neurorecovery Research Center at TIRR Memorial Herman, Houston, TX, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7449-5603
  • Nuray Yozbatiran PhD, PT. Neuromodulation and Neural Interfaces Laboratory, Neurorecovery Research Center at TIRR Memorial Herman, Houston; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6765-2455

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2021.1117

Keywords:

Spinal Cord Injury, Motor Recovery, Telerehabilitation, Telemedicine

Abstract

Telemedicine, particularly telerehabilitation for patients with chronic conditions such as spinal cord injury (SCI), has greatly evolved in the 21st century and expanded rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rehabilitation programs aiming to improve motor functions after SCI are important in reducing disability, promoting independence, and alleviating burden of caretakers. An appropriate intervention is limited to many patients due to requirements of periodic access to a location with appropriate equipment as well as a therapist to facilitate a one-on-one session to improve upper limb functions. Therefore, telerehabilitation can increase access to appropriate interventions to improve upper limb functions. This paper shows the limitations and benefits as well as the potential future of telerehabilitation based on a summertime experience of a rising 2nd year medical student. 

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Published

2021-11-24 — Updated on 2022-04-13

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How to Cite

Park, S.-H., & Yozbatiran, N. (2022). A Medical Student’s Perspective on the Growing Importance of Telemedicine/Telerehabilitation. International Journal of Medical Students, 10(1), 95–97. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2021.1117 (Original work published April 5, 2022)