Cost-Benefit Considerations of Post-clinical Telerehabilitation for Stroke Patients


The REHA2030-project aimed to implement telerehabilitation for stroke patients to be able to train at home. It included a robotic therapy device and support from therapists via the internet. The system was designed and installed on tablet computers for patients and therapists. Based on the field test a cost-benefit consideration was carried out to evaluate economic effects. After the identification of relevant cost and benefit parameters for telerehabilitation, data was collected and analyzed prior and after the field test. The focus was on the perspectives of patients, therapists, and relatives as well as the overall economic benefit. The main findings are: (1) Regarding the benefits, two out of three patients were very satisfied with their therapy; for therapists, the time needed for preparation was reduced; and for relatives, no transport services (and costs) were needed. (2) Cost savings per therapy amounted to 21.62 EUR per patient compared to conventional therapy. (3) Moreover, ten minutes more training time was reached compared to conventional therapy, which can be traced back to the increased level of motivation of the patients. It is critical to note that the costs can vary due to different conditions, e.g. many people already have a tablet and so costs might be lower. The generalizability of the results is limited by the small sample size (three patients and seven therapists), whereby the results have shown that this format encourages patients to exercise, which underlines results from other studies.

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Birgit Aigner-Walder, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Stephanie Putz, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria

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Conference: EGen2023
Stream: Resilience

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Aigner-Walder B., & Putz S. (2023) Cost-Benefit Considerations of Post-clinical Telerehabilitation for Stroke Patients ISSN: 2435-4937 The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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