Caspar Health at the 32nd Rehabilitation Colloquium
by Isabelle Scheer at February 23, 2023
“Promoting a culture of change – strengthening inclusion – shaping the future.”
The statement above represented the official slogan of the DRV's 32nd Rehabilitation Colloquium in Hannover. The theme of the conference was digital, ecological, and demographic change, and how each of these topics are forcing rehabilitation providers to continually adapt. The question posed to participants was this: How can innovation and change be implemented to both achieve and sustainably ensure optimal participation in rehabilitation for patients?
In three eventful days, we at Caspar Health were able to present our answers to these challenges. Our digital offers in the areas of prevention, rehabilitation, and aftercare are well-positioned to overcome local and temporal barriers – and provide more patients with access to qualified therapy.
Poster presentations on digital rehabilitation aftercare
We showcased scientific studies on digital aftercare in two poster presentations.
In the first, we presented our findings on the question of whether multimodal (IRENA) and unimodal (T-RENA) measures differed in terms of treatment quality. Multimodal digital rehabilitation aftercare has already been established in standard care to ensure patients’ long-term treatment success. However, it was previously unclear whether unimodal digital rehab aftercare could keep up. After our Research and Development team dug into this question, they were able to show that there is no noticeable difference in the quality of the two therapy forms, and that both achieve good to excellent follow-up results.
The second study demonstrated that the therapy rating in question is associated with various socio-cultural characteristics, including patients’ employment status, education level, and sociocultural background. The central finding of this study is that the further development and evaluation of digital services should always be adapted to different user groups.
Thanks to Frank Merten and Dr. Sebastian Knapp for the preparation and presentation of the findings!
A discussion forum on digital prevention
One of the DRV's central tasks is to make it possible for patients to continue to cultivate a fulfilling social life. Given this, it’s not only rehabilitative aftercare which plays a central role, but also access to preventive services such as RV-Fit.
In the discussion forum "Digitization: Inclusion or exclusion? – Digitization of preventive participation services regarding conflict between social participation and exclusion, demonstrated by the RV-Fit prevention program,” there was a controversial exchange about whether – and to what extent – digitization in prevention supports social participation, or whether it actually works against it.
Based on the scientific findings of the IFR Ulm, the user perspective of the outpatient facility Rehaktiv Oberberg, and the presentation of Caspar’s digital prevention program and the DRV Knappschaft-Bahn-See delivered by Sabrina Rohde (our Head of Therapy and Patient Management) the answer is clear: Digital prevention is catching on! This is evident not only by the high – and ever-increasing – number of program graduates, but also from the positive responses from patients.
The many other exciting contributions to the congress show that, in the world of rehabilitation, digitization is the topic of the future. It offers both rehabilitation clinics and patients great opportunities for optimal care and improved re-integration into daily life.
We are extremely pleased about this development, which shows us that we are on the right track with Caspar Health. In addition, we are pleased about the numerous visitors and the interesting conversations and exchanges we had at our booth – and all this despite it taking place on Shrove Monday!