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Effectiveness of Telerehabilitation for OIF/OEF returnees with Combat Related Trauma

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Technical Report,03 Jan 2015,02 Jan 2016

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Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation, Inc. Zephyrhills United States

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The objectives of this proposed study are to 1 Coordinate medical care to meet the physical and mental health needs of OIFOEF veterans with injuries incurred in combat 2 Determine the immediate and sustained effects of telerehabilitation on patient outcomes on a variety of physical, psychological and social functions over the period of study 3 Examine the perceived benefits and limitations of the telerehab from the veteran and caregiver perspectives and 4 Evaluate the effectiveness of telerehab on health outcomes and resource utilization Study design This multi-year study will use a prospective observational design to extend the present study at the Tampa VA to 1 recruit 60 veterans each at the Tampa and Miami VA hospitals divided equally among the two groups receiving telerehab and those with traditional care acting as controls at each site and 2 begin the process of extending the research to the Washington D.C. VAMC, at which site we will recruit up to 40 veterans, also equally divided between those receiving telerehab Intervention and traditional care Controls. Methods We will utilize qualitative and quantitative analysis for evaluating changes in functional and mental health status, community participation, VA healthcare utilization, and veteranfamily perceptions of telerehab.

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