COVID-19: Practice based resources

Practice based resources
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

DutchFysiotherapie management van COVID-19

FrenchPhysiothérapie et COVID-19

FinnishFysioterapiasuositus COVID-19

GermanPhysiotherapeutisches Management für COVID-19 im akutstationären Setting

GreekΦυσικοθεραπευτική Παρέμβαση σε COVID-19 στο χώρο της Οξείας Φάσης Νοσηλείας

HungarianCOVID-19 fizioterápiás menedzsment az akut kórházi ellátásban

IndonesianManajemen Fisioterapi Untuk COVID-19 Akut di Rumah Sakit

ItalianGestione Fisioterapica per COVID-19 in Ambito Ospedaliero Acuto


Persianفیسی تَراپی ثرای ثیوبراى هجتلا ث و یٍَذ 19 در هرحل حبد ثستری: ت صَی بِّی ثبلی یٌ

PolishOrganizacja fizjoterapii pacjentów z COVID-19 w warunkach oddziałów szpitalnych

Brazilian PortugueseManejo fisioterapêutico para COVID revisado

European PortugueseIntervenção da Fisioterapia na COVID-19 em ambiente hospitalar para casos agudos

RomanianManagementul fizioterapeutic pentru COVID-19 în Îngrijirea Simptomelor Acute

SerbianFizioterapeutski vodič za COVID-19 u akutnom bolničkom okruženju

SlovakVedenie fyzioterapie pri ochorení COVID-19

SpanishFisioterapia en el manejo del paciente COVID19 en fase aguda hospitalaria

Thaiการจัดการทางกายภาพบาบัด สาหรับ COVID-19 ใน Acute hospital settings

TurkishAkut Hastane Ortamında COVID-19 Fizyoterapi Yönetimi

VietnameseQuản lý Vật lý trị liệu cho COVID-19 trong điều trị cấp tại bệnh viện

Further translations are being produced. Anyone wishing to support translations in other languages should contact

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.

Practice resources

Report of an ad-hoc international task force of the European Respiratory Society to develop an expert-based opinion on early and short-term rehabilitative interventions (after the acute hospital setting) in COVID-19 survivors This is a living document and input from others is welcomed. Use the ERS blog to share experiences with the authors via the link above. The team aim to provide an update of the report at least once every two weeks and more frequently if needed. The document will result in a guidance for clinicians who want to provide rehabilitative interventions to COVID-19 survivors.
International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP) are collating Resources for exercise and physical activity
International Organisation of Aquatic Physical Therapists (IOAPT) statement about COVID-19 and the practice of aquatic physiotherapy with recommendations and interview: Reflections on providing physiotherapy services during a pandemic at the Sheba Medical Centre Hydrotherapy Service in Israel
International Physical Therapists for HIV/AIDS, Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Care (IPT-HOPE)

NCD Alliance has a resource centre collating and directing to resources in support of  the population with NCDs, a vulnerable group for COVID-19

Cochrane: Special Collection: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): evidence relevant to critical care available in Simplified Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Japanese, Malay, and Spanish. Further translations are planned.
ONCALLbuddy app for physiotherapists working respiratory oncall. Advice on assessment, treatment and more.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK) section on practice resources including, respiratory practice, face-to-face remote consultations, contact with patients, helping patients to stay active, and discharge support.

    Digital physical therapy and telehealth

    WCPT and INPTRA report on digital physical therapy practice to help physiotherapists work effectively and appropriately online. Also available in: Croatian: Izvješče radne skupine za digitalnu fizikalnu terapiju WCPT/INPTRA  and Spanish: Reporte del grupo de trabojo de la WCPT/INPTRA sobre practica digital en fisioterapia.
    INPTRA webinar in Spanish El reto de latinoamérica frente a la telerehabilitación 8 May 2020 14:00 EDT More details.
    PEDro list of systematic reviews published in the last 5 years that evaluate the effects of tele-physiotherapy
    International Private Physical Therapy Association (IPPTA) has conducted a survey of its member organisations about telehealth and has shared the results.
    Centre for Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne, free on-line training for physiotherapists in telehealth delivery of evidence-based knee osteoarthritis care
    Australian Physiotherapy Association advice on telehealth
    Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK) advice on remote digital solutions
    American Physical Therapy Association (US) advice on telehealth and Facebook live recording on Implementing Telehealth in Your Practice STAT: Practical Guidance from Experienced Telehealth PTs

    Practice management

    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

    NHS (UK): useful reference videos on Putting on personal protective equipment (PPE)  and Taking off personal protective equipment (PPE)

    Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK): advice on personal protective equipment (PPE)

    American Physical Therapy Association (US): blog on best practice in infection prevention

    Pan American Health Organization (PAHO): informative video on using personal protective equipment (PPE)

    World Health Professions Alliancepress release calling governments to prioritise support for healthcare workers in the front line against coronavirus and especially provision of PPE

    CochraneSpecial 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.


    Alpalhão V, Alpalhão M. Impact of COVID-19 on Physical Therapist Practice in Portugal. Physical Therapy. 2020.

    Falvey JR, Krafft C, Kornetti D. The Essential Role of Home- and Community-Based Physical Therapists During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Physical Therapy. 2020.

    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.

    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).

    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.

    Pedersini P, Corbellini C, Villafañe JH. Italian Physical Therapists’ Response to the Novel COVID-19 Emergency. Physical Therapy. 2020.

    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.

    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.

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