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Mobile, Virtual Enhancements for Rehabilitation (MOVER)

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Quarterly rept. 1 Jun 2014-28 Aug 2015

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Injured Warfighters return home to face long-term care and recovery in addition to life adjustments. Rehabilitation services such as interventions for traumatic brain injury TBI- induced motor limitations, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain, and amputation enable these Warfighters to adjust to new living constraints and conditions and, in many cases, return to full health. While these services are readily available in military treatment facilities MTFs and veterans affairs medical centers VAMCs, not all patients have the time or ability to receive prolonged inpatient rehabilitation interventions. Furthermore, lengthy inpatient treatments are costly to MTFs and VAMCs, reducing the overall number and types of services that these facilities can provide. For these reasons, home-based and outpatient rehabilitation interventions hold great potential to improve the rehabilitation of our Warfighters. These rehabilitation interventions enable patients to continue with their daily lives during rehabilitation. Patients can perform professional duties be with family and be social with friends around the schedule of their rehabilitation practice, and all of these functions enable patients to better adjust to life changes that follow injury. Home-based and outpatient rehabilitation interventions are accessible to a wide range of patients because they lower the time and travel requirements of rehabilitation. Finally, homebased and outpatient rehabilitation interventions are less costly to MTF and VAMC service providers, enabling these facilities to provide a wider range of services to more patients. The patient must practice therapeutic exercises regularly. The unfortunate reality of many home-based and outpatient therapies is that the patient does not regularly practice therapeutic exercises beyond visits with the therapist and, therefore, does not see significant improvement.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
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  • Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering

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