Online communication in a rehabilitation setting: Experiences of patients with chronic conditions using a web portal in Denmark Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2017

start page

  • 2283

end page

  • 2289


  • 12


  • 100

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0738-3991

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-5134


  • Objective: To gain insight into the experiences of patients with long-term conditions enrolled in an online rehabilitation programme using a web portal. Methods: Danish outpatients were recruited from a rehabilitation department and were granted access to a web portal which included an online rehabilitation programme with key information, clinical advice, and self-management activities. After two weeks, patients were invited to participate in focus groups. A topic guide was used to explore this new online rehabilitation programme in relation to participants' experiences. Results: Fourteen participants, ranging from 42 to 72 years old, were allocated into three focus groups. Participants mainly reported negative experiences by the following four themes: 'patients' experiences', 'technical aspects', 'areas for improvement', and 'digitalization added value'. Conclusion: Participants mainly reported negative experiences and suggested combining both face-to-face consultations with online care by user-friendly web portals. This will ensure a positive contribution from digital communication tools to rehabilitation. Practice implications: Patients' experiences should be considered in the design of web portals in rehabilitation which could help healthcare organizations when developing online rehabilitation programmes.


  • Information Science


  • communication; web portal; patient's experiences; ehealth; rehabilitation