Usability of remote assessment of exercise capacity for pulmonary telerehabilitation program

Joseph Finkelstein, In Cheol Jeong, MacKenzie Doerstling, Yichao Shen, Chenhao Wei, Herbert Karpatkin

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Abstract

Pulmonary rehabilitation [PR] has been successfully carried out via telemedicine however initial patient assessment has been traditionally conducted in PR centers. The first step in PR is assessment of patient's exercise capacity which allows individualized prescription of safe and effective exercise program. With COVID-19 pandemics assessment of patients in PR centers has been limited resulting in significant reduction of patients undergoing life-saving PR. The goal of this pilot study was to introduce approaches for remote assessment of exercise capacity using videoconferencing platforms and provide initial usability assessment of this approach by conducing cognitive walkthrough testing. We developed a remote assessment system that supports comprehensive physical therapy assessment necessary for prescription of a personalized exercise program tailored to individual fitness level and limitations in gait and balance of the patient under evaluation. Usability was assessed by conducting cognitive walkthrough and system usability surveys. The usability inspection of the remote exercise assessment demonstrated overall high acceptance by all study participants. Our next steps in developing user-centered interface should include usability evaluation in different subgroups of patients with varying socio-economic background, different age groups, computer skills, literacy and numeracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrated Citizen Centered Digital Health and Social Care
Subtitle of host publicationCitizens as Data Producers and Service co-Creators - Proceedings of the EFMI 2020 Special Topic Conference
EditorsAlpo Varri, Jaime Delgado, Parisis Gallos, Maria Hagglund, Kristiina Hayrinen, Ulla-Mari Kinnunen, Louise B. Pape-Haugaard, Laura-Maria Peltonen, Kaija Saranto, Philip Scott
PublisherIOS Press BV
Pages72-76
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643681443
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 Nov 2020
EventEFMI 2020 Special Topic Conference on Integrated Citizen Centered Digital Health and Social Care: Citizens as Data Producers and Service co-Creators - Virtual, Online
Duration: 26 Nov 202027 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume275
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

ConferenceEFMI 2020 Special Topic Conference on Integrated Citizen Centered Digital Health and Social Care: Citizens as Data Producers and Service co-Creators
CityVirtual, Online
Period26/11/2027/11/20

Keywords

  • Exercise capacity
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Telemedicine

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