National Rehabilitation Awareness Week was held Sept. 13 to 19. Advocates see the week as a time to recognize the many benefits that can arise from rehab programs. The week also highlights the positive effect that these services make in the lives of people in need, they say.

High-intensity interval training couldn’t outperform standard exercise training beyond a few for cardiac rehabilitation, Australian researchers have found.

EMR provider Casamba recently announced an exclusive partnership with Accelerated Care Plus, a provider of specialized rehab technologies for senior living and post-acute care providers. Casamba customers now will be able to interface ACP’s rehabilitation technologies with Casamba Skilled, according to the firm.

University of British Columbia researchers in Canada have shown that telehealth works for patients recovering from a stroke. It can be especially helpful for post-acute patients at home, they found.  Among the lessons they gleaned are that the cost and efficacy of tele-rehab is similar to traditional face-to-face programs. Also, patients were most satisfied with tele-rehab when the therapists were well-trained and engaged in social interaction. Clinicians, however, preferred face-to-face rehab but used tele-rehab when necessary.

For patients with chronic kidney disease, the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation are greatest for those whose renal function had most deteriorated when therapy began. That’s according to recent research presented at the European Society of Cardiology 2020 Congress. The findings could help health systems stratify which patients should be referred for cardiac rehabilitation, investigators said. Cardiac rehab can include dietary changes and increased exercise as well as education.