Delivering Social Telerehabilitation Services

Gilberto Marzano, Velta Lubkina, Lorita Rizakova


Telerehabilitation is an emerging method of delivering rehabilitation services, which uses information and communication technologies to minimize distance and time barriers.

Telerehabilitation is often considered a specialization of the wide field of tele-medicine; most of telerehabilitation services fall into three categories: clinical assessment (patient’s functional abilities in his or her environment), diagnosis and clinical therapy.

Researches have recently underlined the potential of social media, mobile phones, and the Internet in general for improving mental health, supporting positive outcomes on addiction issues, sexual health, and homelessness.

This paper analyses the issues and implications tied to the development of social telerehabilitation services in Latvia, and reports on the first step of National science program VPP INOSOCTEREHI, a new three years multidisciplinary project on social rehabilitation, which is conducted by four Latvian Universities, and focuses on the use of mobile technologies in rehabilitation scope.



mobile technologies in rehabilitation; new media and health-care services; social rehabilitation; telerehabilitation services

Full Text:



Baranauskienė, I., Gerulaitis, D., Lubkina, V., Radzevičienė, L., Usca, S. (2013). Health Promotion and Professional rehabilitation Technologies for Participation in Labor Market. Rēzekne, Rēzeknes Augstskola.

Bower, K. J., McGinley, J. L., Miller, K. J., & Clark, R. A. (2014). Instrumented Static and Dynamic Balance Assessment after Stroke Using Wii Balance Boards: Reliability and Association with Clinical Tests. PloS one, 9(12), e115282.

Browne, J. E., & O'Hare, N. J. (2001). Review of the different methods for assessing standing balance. Physiotherapy, 87(9), 489-495.

Di Cerbo, A., Morales-Medina, J. C., Palmieri, B., & Iannitti, T. (2015). Narrative review of telemedicine consultation in medical practice. Patient preference and adherence, 9, 65.

Freedman, M. J., Lester, K. M., McNamara, C., Milby, J. B., & Schumacher, J. E. (2006). Cell phones for ecological momentary assessment with cocaine-addicted homeless patients in treatment. Journal of substance abuse treatment, 30(2), 105-111.

Gorst, S. L., Armitage, C. J., Brownsell, S., & Hawley, M. S. (2014). Home telehealth uptake and continued use among heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients: A systematic review. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 48(3), 323-336.

Haig, A. J. (2013). Disability Policy Must Espouse Medical as well as Social Rehabilitation. Social Inclusion, 1(2), 136-138.

Hailey, D., Roine, R., Ohinmaa, A., & Dennett, L. (2011). Evidence of benefit from telerehabilitation in routine care: a systematic review. Journal of telemedicine and telecare, 17(6), 281-287.

Hill, A. J. (2010). Report on the potential application of telerehabilitation to adult rehabilitation services in Scotland. Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

Hsu, Y., Payson, E., Sapir, I., & Villacorta, V. (2015). U.S. Patent No. 20,150,018,724. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Luxton, D. D., McCann, R. A., Bush, N. E., Mishkind, M. C., & Reger, G. M. (2011). mHealth for mental health: Integrating smartphone technology in behavioral healthcare. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42(6), 505.

Nilsson, A. G., & Nilsson, T. H. (2011a). Towards a New Concept for Supporting Needy Children in Developing Countries–ICT Centres Integrated with Social Rehabilitation. In Information Systems Development (pp. 437-448). Springer New York.

Nilsson, A. G., & Nilsson, T. H. (2011b). Global Development and ICT for Building Civil Societies in Developing Countries. In Proceedings of IDIA2011, the 5th International Development Informatics Conference on ICT for Development: People, Policy and Practice, 26-28 October, Lima, Peru. IDIA, Monash University.

Osmani, V., Maxhuni, A., Grünerbl, A., Lukowicz, P., Haring, C., & Mayora, O. (2013, December). Monitoring activity of patients with bipolar disorder using smart phones. In Proceedings of International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing & Multimedia (p. 85). ACM.

McEwen, D., Taillon-Hobson, A., Bilodeau, M., Sveistrup, H., & Finestone, H. (2014). Virtual Reality Exercise Improves Mobility After Stroke An Inpatient Randomized Controlled Trial. Stroke, 45(6), 1853-1855.

Mitenbergs, U., Taube, M., Misins, J., Mikitis, E., Martinsons, A., Rurane, A., Quentin, W. (2012). Latvia: Health system review. Health Systems in Transition 2012, 14(8): 1 – 191.

Qu, Y., & Purcell, I. (2015). U.S. Patent No. 20,150,005,587. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Rice, E., Kurzban, S., & Ray, D. (2012). Homeless but connected: the role of heterogeneous social network ties and social networking technology in the mental health outcomes of street-living adolescents. Community mental health journal, 48(6), 692-698.

Rogante, M., Grigioni, M., Cordella, D., & Giacomozzi, C. (2010). Ten years of telerehabilitation: A literature overview of technologies and clinical applications.NeuroRehabilitation, 27(4), 287-304.

Rose, G. L., Skelly, J. M., Badger, G. J., Naylor, M. R., & Helzer, J. E. (2012). Interactive voice response for relapse prevention following cognitive-behavioral therapy for alcohol use disorders: a pilot study. Psychological services, 9(2), 174.

Shumway-Cook, A., & Woollacott, M. H. (1995). Motor control: theory and practical applications. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Simpson, T. L., Kivlahan, D. R., Bush, K. R., & McFall, M. E. (2005). Telephone self-monitoring among alcohol use disorder patients in early recovery: a randomized study of feasibility and measurement reactivity. Drug and alcohol dependence, 79(2), 241-250.

Terauda, V. A., Reetz, A., Jahn, D. (Coordinator). (2014). Sustainable Governance Indicators, 2014 Latvia report, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Wang, Q., Chen, W., & Markopoulos, P. (2014, June). Literature review on wearable systems in upper extremity rehabilitation. In Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI), 2014 IEEE-EMBS International Conference on (551-555). IEEE.

Winters, J. M. (2002). Telerehabilitation research: emerging opportunities.Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering, 4(1), 287-320.



  • There are currently no refbacks.