Can a web-based approach support the rehabilitation of patients after knee injuries?

North ThamesInjuries and Accidents
Start Date: 1 Jan 2016 End Date: 31 Dec 2016

Can a web-based approach support the rehabilitation of patients after knee injuries?

What are we doing about it?

We are evaluating the acceptability and impact on treatment from patient and clinician perspective of TRAK, a web based approach to support self-care rehab alongside face-to-face rehab.

This eHealth tool has specific features to help patients with their physiotherapy. These include; • an information section - provides general information about Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries and what to expect at each stage of rehabilitation • an exercise section - contains a personalised plan of exercise videos prescribed by the treating physiotherapist, plus access to many more exercises for each stage of rehabilitation • a ‘contact us’ section - so patients can still contact their physiotherapist between face-to-face appointments by email if they need to We want to understand whether using this physiotherapist led, online treatment makes a difference to the patient’s experiences, needs and symptoms or influences the decisions made by clinicians.

Who needs to know?

Physiotherapists Orthopaedic surgeons Patients with Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries & their families

What will this study add?

Interviews with the patients and physiotherapists will explore their opinions and insights on the benefits and challenges of using eHealth in Anterior Cruciate Ligament rehabilitation. By looking at the number of logins to the website and log entries we can develop a picture of the acceptability of this tool. Input from participants will also help to develop the tools sophistication and usability for a further advanced study.

What next?

Our results will demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of TRAK, and we will use these results to inform a future feasibility study to compare therapeutic outcomes against a control group.

Ms Emma Dunphy