Volume 21, Issue 2 (June 2023)                   Iranian Rehabilitation Journal 2023, 21(2): 375-378 | Back to browse issues page

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R V, Reni P S, Kunnath S K, George V M. A Brief Report on Telerehabilitation During COVID-19 Outbreak at a Tertiary Care Center in Kerala, India. Iranian Rehabilitation Journal 2023; 21 (2) :375-378
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1- Department of Neuro-Developmental Sciences, National Institute of Speech and Hearing, Kerala, India.
2- Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, National Institute of Speech and Hearing, Kerala, India.
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The unanticipated lockdown following the COVID-19 outbreak significantly impacted the field of rehabilitation, compelling the professionals to switch to tele-mode to continue providing their service without interruption. This article aims to highlight the steps taken to overcome the various challenges that were encountered in this period and to strengthen the opportunities in telerehabilitation services at a tertiary care center in Kerala, India. An average of 1000 clients were served monthly through telerehabilitation in various units at the selected institute during the COVID-19 pandemic. The telerehabilitation services included assessments, intervention, and counseling for clients of all ages with various types of disabilities. A high literacy rate and better access to technology among the general population in Kerala, India were identified as advantages for the rapid implementation of telerehabilitation as a viable form of service delivery.

Coresponding author: Preethy Susan Reni, E-mail: preeth@nish.ac.in
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Article type: Brief Report | Subject: Rehabilitation Management
Received: 2022/04/26 | Accepted: 2023/02/7 | Published: 2023/06/7

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