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A Proposal for Multidisciplinary Tele-Rehabilitation in the Assessment and Rehabilitation of COVID-19 Survivors

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Hull University Teaching Hospital National Health Service (NHS) Trust, Hull HU16 5JQ, UK
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Hull York Medical School, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK
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Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK
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Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK
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Academic Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(13), 4890; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134890
Received: 3 June 2020 / Revised: 27 June 2020 / Accepted: 2 July 2020 / Published: 7 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19: Prognosis, Outcomes and Long-Term Sequelae)
A global pandemic of a new highly contagious disease called COVID-19 resulting from coronavirus (severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-Cov-2) infection was declared in February 2020. Though primarily transmitted through the respiratory system, other organ systems in the body can be affected. Twenty percent of those affected require hospitalization with mechanical ventilation in severe cases. About half of the disease survivors have residual functional deficits that require multidisciplinary specialist rehabilitation. The workforce to deliver the required rehabilitation input is beyond the capacity of existing community services. Strict medical follow-up guidelines to monitor these patients mandate scheduled reviews within 12 weeks post discharge. Due to the restricted timeframe for these events to occur, existing care pathway are unlikely to be able to meet the demand. An innovative integrated post-discharge care pathway to facilitate follow up by acute medical teams (respiratory and intensive care) and a specialist multidisciplinary rehabilitation team is hereby proposed. Such a pathway will enable the monitoring and provision of comprehensive medical assessments and multidisciplinary rehabilitation. This paper proposes that a model of tele-rehabilitation is integrated within the pathway by using digital communication technology to offer quick remote assessment and efficient therapy delivery to these patients. Tele-rehabilitation offers a quick and effective option to respond to the specialist rehabilitation needs of COVID-19 survivors following hospital discharge. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; multi-disciplinary tele-rehabilitation; pulmonary rehabilitation COVID-19; multi-disciplinary tele-rehabilitation; pulmonary rehabilitation
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Salawu, A.; Green, A.; Crooks, M.G.; Brixey, N.; Ross, D.H.; Sivan, M. A Proposal for Multidisciplinary Tele-Rehabilitation in the Assessment and Rehabilitation of COVID-19 Survivors. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4890. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134890

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Salawu A, Green A, Crooks MG, Brixey N, Ross DH, Sivan M. A Proposal for Multidisciplinary Tele-Rehabilitation in the Assessment and Rehabilitation of COVID-19 Survivors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(13):4890. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134890

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Salawu, Abayomi, Angela Green, Michael G. Crooks, Nina Brixey, Denise H. Ross, and Manoj Sivan. 2020. "A Proposal for Multidisciplinary Tele-Rehabilitation in the Assessment and Rehabilitation of COVID-19 Survivors" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 13: 4890. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134890

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