Towards At-Home Physiotherapy: Next Generation Teleconferencing and Surface Based Interventions
Kody Dillman, Richard Tang, and Anthony Tang. (2016). Towards At-Home Physiotherapy: Next Generation Teleconferencing and Surface Based Interventions. In SURFNET / Designing Digital Surface Applications, Frank Maurer (ed.). NSERC Surfnet, University of Calgary, 289–304.
We are guided by three central questions in this work: first, what are the communication practices in traditional face-to-face physiotherapy that must be preserved; second, what challenges does video media space present to these practices, and third, how can technologies be designed to overcome these challenges? We explore these questions in this chapter through two explorations. In the first, we worked with physiotherapists to understand how to design tools to enable patients to work with physiotherapists live—for diagnosis and exercise training. In the second, we explored the ‘at-home’ case of doing exercises between physiotherapist visits. We make two contributions in this work. First, we provide insights into a specifc domain (physiotherapy) that can be used to guide design of video media spaces for remote work in this area. Second, from this work, we explore the concept of the body as a workspace, developing this idea through both sketches and critical refection of our experiences. Our ongoing work involves designing tools for effective remote physiotherapy, though the fndings should also support other domains where it is important to remotely teach activities that require specifc movements (e.g. dance, personal training, martial arts, etc.).