Rehabilitation needs of COVID-19 patients (search done on 3 May 2020)

Added June 8, 2020

Citation: de Sire A, Andrenelli E, Negrini F, et al. Systematic rapid living review on rehabilitation needs due to Covid-19: update to April 30th 2020. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020 May 15.

What is this? Some patients recovering from COVID-19 will need rehabilitation.

In this systematic rapid living review, the authors searched for studies on the rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients. It updates their previous version (which included 9 articles published from 21 December 2019 to 31 March 2020). The authors searched for articles published in English between 1 April 2020 and 30 April 2020, on 4 May 2020. They included 35 expert opinions, 7 guidelines, 4 qualitative descriptive studies, 1 scoping review, 1 randomized trial, 1 case series and 1 case report.

What was found: An increasing amount of evidence on rehabilitation needs due to COVID-19 was published during April 2020.

The main new findings are the appearance of epidemiological data on the likely high incidence of neurological complications and disabling sequelae in patients hospitalized for COVID-19, rapid guidelines on managing chronically disabled patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, and advice to provide COVID-19 patients with early respiratory rehabilitation in the acute phase, and with telemonitoring and telerehabilitation in the post-acute phase.


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