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A community-based exercise programme for older persons with knee pain using telemedicine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16168168     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We explored the feasibility and efficacy of an exercise programme for elderly people with knee pain conducted via videoconferencing. Twenty-two community-dwelling subjects aged 60 years or above with knee pain were recruited from two community centres in Hong Kong. A 12-week exercise programme, including strengthening and balance training, was given via videoconferencing to subjects at both centres, in conjunction with a home-based exercise programme. The outcome measures included the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), quadriceps muscle strength, Berg's Balance Scale (BBS) and subjects' degree of acceptance of videoconferencing. Twenty subjects completed the 12-week programme and significant improvements occurred in all domains of the WOMAC score (P <0.003). There was a 44% and a 13% increase in quadriceps muscle strength (P <0.001) and BBS (P <0.001), respectively. Over 80% of the elderly subjects who joined the programme agreed or strongly agreed about all aspects of using videoconferencing. Most of them felt that the system was user-friendly and convenient. Videoconferencing appears to be a useful method of delivering a resistance-training programme for community-dwelling elderly persons with knee pain.
Y K Wong; Elsie Hui; Jean Woo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Multicenter Study    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of telemedicine and telecare     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1357-633X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Telemed Telecare     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-19     Completed Date:  2006-02-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506702     Medline TA:  J Telemed Telecare     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  310-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin Hospital, 33-A Kung Kok Street, Shatin NT, Hong Kong, China.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Arthralgia / therapy*
Community Health Services / organization & administration*
Delivery of Health Care / methods
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Feasibility Studies
Hong Kong
Knee Joint*
Middle Aged
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Program Evaluation

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