Published October 2010
The purpose of this guide is to inform and assist practitioners in providing effective and safe services that are based on client needs, current empirical evidence, and available technologies. The material in this guide addresses general principles and not specific practice guidelines for telerehabilitation and is not intended to replace the primary practitioner’s clinical, educational, or technology decision-making about the appropriate course of action/management of any client. Inherent within this document is the recognition that safe and effective telerehabilitation practice requires specific training, skills and techniques as documented below. Furthermore, the material in this guide should not be interpreted, nor used, as a legal standard of care.
The following information represents key administrative, clinical, technical, and ethical principles that should be considered in the course of providing telerehabilitation services. They are based primarily on the American Telemedicine Association’s Core Standards for Telemedicine Operations, and describe additional considerations that are present across applications within telerehabilitation and its related fields. As education and advocacy are central to the continued growth of telerehabilitation, this document can and should be used as a tool to educate members of the medical and education professions, students, stakeholders, administrators, legislators, and community members.
Telerehabilitation professionals, in conjunction with professional associations and other organizations, are encouraged to use this document as a template for developing discipline-specific standards, guidelines, and practice requirements.