Brain Inj. 2022 Aug 21:1-9. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2022.2114610. Online ahead of print.
PURPOSE: To explore the experiences of adolescents with concussion and their parents who participated in a novel remotely delivered Tele-Active Rehabilitation (Tele-AR) intervention involving sub-symptom threshold exercise, education, and support. Specifically, we aimed to elicit perspectives regarding the remote delivery approach, valued aspects of the program, and perceived benefits of the intervention.
METHODS: This qualitative study took place within the context of a larger mixed-methods project exploring the feasibility of the Tele-AR intervention. A descriptive qualitative design was utilized. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with adolescents (n = 3; ages 14-17 years) with concussion and one of their parents (n = 3) within one week of completing the six-week Tele-AR intervention. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis.
RESULTS: Four themes were identified that capture participant experiences in the intervention: (1) Enabling access to active rehabilitation; (2) Focusing on individual needs; (3) Learning to take responsibility for recovery; and (4) Convenience and comfort of engaging in rehabilitation from home.
CONCLUSIONS: A small sample of 3 adolescents with concussion and their parents were satisfied with the Tele-AR intervention and appreciated the convenience and comfort of engaging in rehabilitation from home, which facilitated adolescents taking responsibility for their own recovery. Findings support continued study of Tele-AR, which may be an accessible intervention to facilitate recovery in adolescents with concussion.
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