Virtual Physical Therapists
***Winner of the 2019 Health Value Award for Program Provider – Specialty Musculoskeletal**
Question / Intervention Goal / Objectives
Virtual Physical Therapists offers a tele-rehabilitation service, with the goal of delivering high quality care. Patients get video visits and assessments from physical therapists via smart phone. A 2018 systematic review of studies found that research on physical therapy telehealth were of moderate quality and found positive impact on health outcomes. One study included in the review showed cost savings for telehealth physical therapy compared to usual care. The review called for more robust research.
The analysis measured scores for three patients on validated instruments at day 1, 2, 5, 8, 15, and 90 of treatment. The instruments were the Numerical Rating Scale, Body Pain Diagram, and Patient Specific Functional Scale.
Findings / Metric/ Outcome/ Savings
The patients all showed improving scores over the course of treatment, and each achieved the score reflecting remission of pain and regain of function.
The analysis did not compare the three patient case studies to usual care patients.