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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-11

Application of telemedicine in pediatric physiotherapy

Department of Pediatric Physiotherapy, R V College of Physiotherapy, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Pallavi B Wajapey
Department of Pediatric Physiotherapy, R V College of Physiotherapy, No. CA 2/83-3, 9th Main Road, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru - 560 011, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/PJIAP.PJIAP_49_20

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Telemedicine in pediatric physiotherapy simply refers to physical therapy services that are provided over a technology platform, rather than by in-person means. Telemedicine can in particular aid underprivileged communities dwelling in remote or underdeveloped areas with scarcely any health services and medical resources. With “social distancing” becoming the norm, we are facing difficulty following up with patients. Therapists are on a lookout for more innovative ways to reach out to their patients and make sure the child's progress is not hampered. Telemedicine is one such opportunity to stay connected with the patients and monitor patient progress. The purpose of this article is to compile and summarize all the scarce and scattered information on telemedicine and its application in pediatric physiotherapy so that researchers can conduct studies on the same and take the work forward from here. Search engines such as Cochrane Library, PubMed, and Google Scholar were explored with specific keywords like telemedicine, pediatric physiotherapy, India. Articles were then skimmed for relevance in the Indian scenario and used for reference. There is a big void in data available for telemedicine in pediatric physiotherapy. Providing telemedicine facilities and services to the huge population can be a daunting task as it involves technical, ethical, and legal issues. It can save the time of the patient and the therapist, provide instant care and assistance to the pediatric population as well as stay available to the increasing number of patients.

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