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Televideo assessment using Functional Reach Test and European Stroke Scale

Susan E. Palsbo, PhD, et al.

Many rehabilitation professionals are interested in using telecommunications to treat patients who cannot travel to clinics. While studies have shown that doctors and therapists can view and talk with a patient over a videophone or Web camera, no studies have asked whether a physical therapist directing and evaluating a patient over a video connection is as accurate as a physical therapist directing and evaluating a patient in person. This study shows that a video assessment is probably as effective as an in-person assessment, as long as the assessment does not require the therapist to touch the patient.


Volume 44 Number 5 2007
Pages 659 — 664


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