Teleconsultation and telemonitoring in physiotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic: experience report in a teaching assistant clinic




Teleconsultation, Telemonitoring, Physiotherapy, Health Education


BACKGROUND: Due to the pandemic context, it was necessary to reinvent our professional practice and introduce the modalities of teleconsultation, teleconsulting and telemonitoring to physiotherapeutic care. Communication established by messaging application, with the sending of videos or exercise booklets, and synchronous activities with exercise guidelines in the home environment, ensuring that the community is protected from the spread of the virus, facilitating the physical and social distance recommended at the time. OBJECTIVE: To report the experience of teleconsultation and telemonitoring from the point of view of physiotherapists who are teaching supervised internships in a teaching assistance outpatient clinic. METHODS: This is an interdisciplinary teaching-care experience report, which took place from August to December 2020, established in the curricular component Outpatient Supervised Internship and Management Internship, of the Physiotherapy course of the Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health, in Salvador, Bahia. The Teleconsultation and Telemonitoring were carried out using the cell phone number registered in the ®WhatsApp LLC application, with online assistance and a duration of 50 minutes. EXPERIENCE REPORT: The faculty was encouraged to motivate the class to face new challenges, such as dispensing with the application of physical therapy technique with their hands in favor of promoting health education and prioritizing the development of self-care in the patient based on guidelines for distance. Despite the frustrations generated by the changes in the modality of care, students began to see the opening of internal space for new experiences as positive stimuli faced during the internship. Thus, it was observed that even with the challenges, it was possible to establish and understand that some practices are here to stay in the cases where they are best applied.


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Teleconsultation and telemonitoring in physiotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic: experience report in a teaching assistant clinic. (2023). International Journal of Education and Health, 7, e4368.

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