Which factors affect the implementation of telerehabilitation? Study protocol for a mixed-methods systematic review with a framework synthesis

Tiago S. Jesus, Sureshkumar Kamalakannan, Sutanuka Bhattacharjya, Janet Prvu Bettger, Karen Jacobs, Helen Hoenig

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Abstract

Background: Telehealth approaches are promising for the delivery of rehabilitation services but may be under-used or under-implemented. Objective: To report a review protocol to identify how much telerehabilitation (telehealth approaches to the delivery of rehabilitation services) have been used and implemented, and which factors have affected such implementation. Methods: A mixed-methods systematic review with a framework synthesis. Six databases for the scientific literature will be searched, complemented by snowballing searches and additional references coming from key informants (i.e., rehabilitation researchers from a networking group in health services research). We will include English-language empirical research examining the routine use or implementation of telehealth technologies in physical rehabilitation services or by physical rehabilitation professionals from a range of study designs, excepting case studies, case reports, and qualitative studies with n < 5. Two independent reviewers will perform the screenings, quality appraisals (using the Joanna Briggs Institutes' appraisal checklists), and the data extractions. The Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research will be used to synthesize the data on the enablers and barriers of the implementation of telerehabilitation approaches. All the authors will be involved at this synthesis, and key informants will provide feedback. Conclusion: The results can inform further implementation endeavours.

Original languageEnglish
Article number210745
Pages (from-to)1087-1097
Number of pages11
JournalWork
Volume75
Issue number3
Early online date17 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2023

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