Thank you for accessing the Telerehabilitation Survey. This survey is being conducted by the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CoRS) at the University of Manitoba. Simultaneously, this survey is being conducted by researchers at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands to provide a point of comparison. 

The Covid-19 Pandemic has meant that many clinicians have used virtual means to continue their work while others were already engaged in using technology to provide services at a distance. Telerehabilitation refers to “the provision of rehabilitation services at a distance using telecommunications technology as the delivery medium” (Russel, 2007, p. 217).

Van den Bergh et al (2021) distinguish three categories of telerehabilitation: 

Teleconsultation comprises consultation or assessment/evaluation conducted remotely via telecommunication technologies such as telephone and videoconferencing
Telemonitoring comprises data collection via a remote monitoring tool, such as a wearable device or app, to inform health care providers in treatment provision
Teletreatment comprises the remote delivery of rehabilitation interventions or therapies using telecommunications technology.                                                                                                                                        
The purpose of this survey is to obtain an overview of current telerehabilitation practice among rehabilitation clinicians and identify what are perceived barriers and facilitators to eHealth practice, including preparedness for using technology to deliver services at a distance. 

Your participation in this online survey is completely voluntary, you do not have to answer any questions you do not want to, and the results are confidential. Your responses will be held in confidence, and the survey platform will not record your e-mail address or IP (Internet protocol) address. Individual survey respondents will be assigned an ID number prior to analysis. The results will be aggregated before they are shared with others, and we will not report any information unless there are at least five people in a response category. Although the survey is confidential, there is some risk that people reviewing the survey results may be able to identify who you are based on some data collected, particularly in the demographics section of the survey. The people reviewing the survey results are CoRS faculty members (Cara Brown, Louise Chartrand, Moni Fricke, Ed Giesbrecht, Patty Thille & Pam Wener). 

The online survey consists of questions that ask you to select one or more responses; some questions allow you to type in additional information if you wish. The survey should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey must be completed in one sitting as the survey system will not let you save your survey responses to complete them later. Once you complete the survey and submit your responses, you will not be able to withdraw your responses as we cannot link the survey responses back to you. By completing the online survey, you are consenting to participate in the survey.

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Your feedback is important to us and will help us better understand current eHealth practices in rehabilitation. If you have any questions about this survey study, please do not hesitate to contact the principal investigator, Ed Giesbrecht at 204-977-5630 or ed.giesbrecht@umanitoba.ca.

This study is funded by the University of Manitoba and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. This study has been approved by the University of Manitoba Health Research Ethics Board.

Notice Regarding Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Personal Information by the University. Your personal information is being collected under the authority of The University of Manitoba Act. The information you provide will be used by the University for the purpose of gaining an understanding of eHealth practice among rehabilitation professionals. Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for other purposes unless permitted by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information contact the Access & Privacy Office (204-474-9462), 233 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2.

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