Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Diversity of Practices in Telerehabilitation for Children With Disabilities and Effective Intervention Characteristics: Results From a Systematic Review

Camden, C., Pratte, G., et al. (2019).
Disability & Rehabilitation, 1-13.
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Indicators of Review Quality

  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
  • Yes Search strategy described in sufficient detail for replication.
  • Yes Included studies are assessed for study quality.
  • No Quality assessments are reproducible.
  • Yes Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

Article Details


This is a systematic review of experimental randomized trials investigating the effectiveness of providing rehabilitation via telepractice to children with disabilities and their families.

Questions/Aims Addressed

"The aim of this study was thus to describe the characteristics and effectiveness of pediatric telerehabilitation interventions offered to children 0–12 years old or to their families" (p. 2).


Children, 12 years old and younger, with disabilities and their families


Telerehabilitation interventions

Number of Studies Included


Years Included

January 2007–March 2018

Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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For children with disabilities receiving intervention via telepractice, "many studies reported high adherence rates and satisfaction with telerehabilitation, which is coherent with other qualitative studies that explored parental satisfaction" (p. 10).

Keywords: Children

For children with disabilities receiving intervention via telepractice, the type of technology used (e.g., videoconferencing, phone, email) did not influence outcomes indicating a multimodal approach can be adapted to fit the needs of the children and their families.

Keywords: Children, Technological Considerations

For children with disabilities receiving intervention via telepractice, "using a coaching approach was identified as being more frequently associated with outcome improvement" (p. 9), particularly when coaching supported parent-implemented home programs. Direct child participation did not result in greater effectiveness of telerehabilitation. "Our results demonstrate that telerehabilitation might be as effective as face-to-face interventions" (p. 10).

Keywords: Children

Service Delivery

For children with disabilities receiving intervention via telepractice, scheduled online intervention sessions as compared to a needs-based approach (e.g., family contacts the provider on an as-needed basis) were found to be more effective.

Keywords: Children, Scheduling (e.g. Frequency/Duration)

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