Covering acute care, infection prevention and control, MSK, guidelines, education on COVID management, digital/telehealth and private practice
Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting produced by an international team of expert researchers and clinicians in the intensive care and acute cardiorespiratory fields, endorsed by WCPT and others. The paper is also published online by the Journal of Physiotherapy.
The guideline is available in:
Mandarin Chinese: 急性院内COVID-19物理治疗管理
Traditional Chinese: 急性醫院中COVID-19之物理治療處置
Croatian/Bosnian: Fizioterapijski management za COVID-19 u akutnom bolničkom smještaju
French: Physiothérapie et COVID-19
Finnish: Fysioterapiasuositus COVID-19
Brazilian Portuguese: Manejo fisioterapêutico para COVID revisado
European Portuguese: Intervenção da Fisioterapia na COVID-19 em ambiente hospitalar para casos agudos
Podcast with Peter Thomas, consultant physiotherapist from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Australia and lead author of the guideline
The Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF) has produced general recommendations on physiotherapy care in patients with COVID-19 after hospital discharge and patients who experienced COVID-19 illness at home.
- courses to support Respiratory Management of People with COVID-19 - learn about physiotherapy management of patients with moderate to severe symptoms of COVID-19 in an Acute Hospital Setting
- section on Post Covid-19: Outpatient Assessment
- section on Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
- advice on mental health and self isolation with focus on physical activity
- topic of the month focus on all COVID-19 resources
Digital physical therapy and telehealth
As lockdown restrictions are changed in different countries how they are responding to the gradual opening up of services and new working arrangements may be of interest to others. Please check regularly with national organisations.
The Spanish Association of Physiotherapists’ (AEF) primary care and community health subgroup has developed Reordenación de la actividad de fisioterapia en atención primaria, which describes how to re-schedule activities to treat patients at primary care and community level.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in the UK has updated its guidance for private practices and independent clinics in response to changing government guidance 13 May 2020.
Infection prevention and control
WHO: advice on infection prevention and control
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK): advice on personal protective equipment (PPE)
American Physical Therapy Association (US): blog on best practice in infection prevention
World Health Professions Alliance: press release calling governments to prioritise support for healthcare workers in the front line against coronavirus and especially provision of PPE
Cochrane: Special Collection: Coronavirus (COVID-19): infection control and prevention measures available in Simplified Chinese, Farsi, English, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish
Continuing professional development
Physiopedia has produced four free courses covering COVID-19, infection prevention and control, the role of physiotherapy and respiratory management of people with COVID-19. Physiopedia free online programme of COVID-19 courses
WHO’s online courses relevant to COVID-19 are available in a range of languages.
FutureLearn has a course on COVID developed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, a world leader in research and postgraduate education in public and global health. They are offering free access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join their platform.
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Falvey JR, Krafft C, Kornetti D. The Essential Role of Home- and Community-Based Physical Therapists During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Physical Therapy. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzaa069
Landry MD, Landry MD, Geddes L, Park Moseman A, Lefler JP, Raman SR, et al. Early reflection on the global impact of COVID19, and implications for physiotherapy. Physiotherapy. 2020. https://www.physiotherapyjournal.com/article/S0031-9406(20)30025-0/pdf
Lazzeri M, Lanza A, Bellini R, Bellofiore A, Cecchetto S, Colombo A, et al. Respiratory physiotherapy in patients with COVID-19 infection in acute setting: a Position Paper of the Italian Association of Respiratory Physiotherapists (ARIR). Monaldi archives for chest disease = Archivio Monaldi per le malattie del torace. 2020;90(1). https://www.monaldi-archives.org/index.php/macd/article/view/1285
Middleton A, Simpson KN, Bettger JP, Bowden MG. COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond: Considerations and Costs of Telehealth Exercise Programs for Older Adults With Functional Impairments Living at Home—Lessons Learned from a Pilot Case Study. Physical Therapy. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzaa089
Pedersini P, Corbellini C, Villafañe JH. Italian Physical Therapists’ Response to the Novel COVID-19 Emergency. Physical Therapy. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzaa060
de Sire, A, Andrenelli, E, Negrini, F, Negrini, S & Ceravolo, MG 2020. Systematic rapid living review on rehabilitation needs due to Covid-19: update to April 30th 2020. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. https://www.minervamedica.it/en/journals/europa-medicophysica/article.php?cod=R33Y9999N00A20051501
Thomas P, Baldwin C, Bissett B, Boden I, Gosselink R, Granger CL, et al. Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting: clinical practice recommendations. Journal of Physiotherapy. 2020. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S183695532030028X