A new study from Duke Clinical Research on virtual physical therapy has been published by FierceHealthcare. This study was taken using a group of 143 patients who underwent complete knee surgeries. They were given directions to conduct physical therapy sessions from home using a new software named VERA (or Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant) as their therapist.

The outcome of this study was positive. Almost every patient has requested the use of VERA after they undergo a second knee replacement surgery. According to Janet Bettger, Ph.D., associate professor with the Duke Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the study’s lead author, “patients felt empowered and built from it. We had a really high retention rate in this study, and that’s a really positive thing.”

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