New Poll Suggests Patients Ready to Deviate from Traditional Therapy

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These options could address gaps in care

People always discuss being on the ‘cutting edge’ both personally and professionally. But when push comes to shove, how prepared is each individual to pursue unfamiliar and potentially unproven methods into their own lives?

According to a recent survey, we may be more prepared than previously thought. A new survey from The Learning Corp, a leader in digital therapeutics and makers of mobile therapy app Constant Therapy, reveals that nearly 90 percent of patients in physical and speech language therapy are interested in using apps as part of their recovery.

The poll surveyed 2,000 people who have experienced physical or speech language therapy, either through direct, personal treatment or managing the care of a loved one being treated. While most reported using traditional approaches like therapy sessions with a clinician and paper leaflets and booklets for home practice, only about 10 percent had experience using therapy apps.

More than 90 percent of respondents in each group (physical therapy patients and speech language therapy patients) reported challenges with their current course of traditional treatment, ranging from cost to transport to insurance. What’s more: about 60 percent of all respondents experienced disruption of care due to these challenges, such as missed sessions (35 percent), finishing treatment early (over 20 percent) and never having started therapy (6 percent of physical therapy patients, and over 8 percent of speech language therapy patients).

“Patients are looking for tools that will alleviate many of their pain points with traditional therapy, so it’s vital that healthcare innovators are creating solutions that make clinically proven care more accessible,” said Michael Evers, CEO of The Learning Corp. “Like all patients, those in physical and speech therapy should be focused on their health instead of worrying about how they’ll be able to get the medical support they need to recover. Virtual therapy apps help eliminate several barriers of care by delivering it more directly while driving down costs.”


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