Special Issue "Telerehabilitation for Patients"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Helle Spindler
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
Interests: psychology; telerehabilitation; anxiety; depression; psychotraumatology
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The use of technology in healthcare has been increasing over the past decade. As a result, telerehabilitation has become a new promising format for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation may be a key factor in tertiary disease prevention focusing on enhancing self-care and improving morbidity and mortality across patient groups. However, traditional rehabilitation may also entail barriers for participation, such as having to travel long distances, being scheduled during working hours, or, as we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, not being able to offer rehabilitation in person. However, little is known about how patients experience, engage with, and benefit from telerehabilitation compared to more traditional rehabilitation formats. As telerehabilitation is increasingly being implemented across patient groups, the research on the patient perspective of telerehabilitation has been fragmented and sparse.

This Special Issue welcomes studies or reviews of various telerehabilitation formats, either planned or acute implementations due to COVID-19 pandemic. We are particularly interested in studies (i) addressing how telerehabilitation aims to overcome participation and adherence barriers, (ii) focusing on how patients engage with various types of technology, (iii) comparing the patients’ experience of conventional rehabilitation compared to telerehabilitation, or (iv) focusing on how telerehabilitation may expand our understanding of what telerehabilitation could entail. Studies combining two or more of these aims may be of special interest.

Dr. Helle Spindler
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • telerehabilitation
  • technology
  • patient
  • occupational therapy
  • psychology
  • COVID-19

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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