The Effectiveness and Efficiency of using Telehealth to Provide Wheelchair Seating Assessment and Intervention

L. Liu and I. Barlow (Canada)


Telerehabilitation, wheelchair seating, effectiveness, efficiency


The Glenrose Seating Service has clients in all nine Alberta health regions, as well as the Northwest Territories. This service is evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of using telehealth to provide seating assessment and intervention by comparing groups of clients in three conditions: (a) clients residing in Capital Health assessed in-person, (b) clients from out-of-region assessed in-person, and (c) clients out-of-region assessed by via telehealth. Outcomes include client goals, user satisfaction, savings in time and cost, and efficiency of service. To our knowledge, this study is unique in its evaluation of telehealth for seating services.

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