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Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting and beyond: an update to clinical practice recommendations


Thomas, P and Baldwin, C and Beach, L and Bissett, B and Boden, I and Magana Cruz, S and Gosselink, R and Granger, CL and Hodgson, C and Holland, AE and Jones, AYM and Kho, ME and van der Lee, L and Moses, R and Ntoumenopoulos, G and Parry, SM and Patman, S, Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting and beyond: an update to clinical practice recommendations, Journal of Physiotherapy, 68, (1) pp. 8-25. ISSN 1836-9553 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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2021 Australian Physiotherapy Association. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jphys.2021.12.012


This document provides an update to the recommendations for physiotherapy management for adults with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the acute hospital setting. It includes: physiotherapy workforce planning and preparation; a screening tool for determining requirement for physiotherapy; and recommendations for the use of physiotherapy treatments and personal protective equipment. New advice and recommendations are provided on: workload management; staff health, including vaccination; providing clinical education; personal protective equipment; interventions, including awake proning, mobilisation and rehabilitation in patients with hypoxaemia. Additionally, recommendations for recovery after COVID-19 have been added, including roles that physiotherapy can offer in the management of post-COVID syndrome. The updated guidelines are intended for use by physiotherapists and other relevant stakeholders caring for adult patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the acute care setting and beyond.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:COVID-19, physiotherapy, acute care, guidelines, physical therapy, Coronavirus
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Physiotherapy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Treatment of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Boden, I (Dr Ianthe Boden)
ID Code:149499
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-04-01
Last Modified:2022-11-08
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