Rehabilitation Care at the Time of Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19) Pandemic: A Scoping Review of Health System Recommendations

Ahmed M. Negm, Adrian Salopek, Mashal Zaide, Victoria J. Meng, Carlos Prada, Yaping Chang, Preeti Zanwar, Flavia H. Santos, Elena Philippou, Emily R. Rosario, Julie Faieta, Jason R. Falvey, Amit Kumar, Timothy A. Reistetter, Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, Jonathan F. Bean, Mohit Bhandari, Patricia C. Heyn

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Abstract

Purpose: The coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020. COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2 has imposed a significant burden on health care systems, economies, and social systems in many countries around the world. The provision of rehabilitation services for persons with active COVID-19 infection poses challenges to maintaining a safe environment for patients and treating providers. Materials and Methods: Established frameworks were used to guide the scoping review methodology. Medline, Embase, Pubmed, CINAHL databases from inception to August 1, 2020, and prominent rehabilitation organizations’ websites were searched. Study Selection: We included articles and reports if they were focused on rehabilitation related recommendations for COVID-19 patients, treating providers, or the general population. Data Extraction: Pairs of team members used a pre-tested data abstraction form to extract data from included full-text articles. The strength and the quality of the extracted recommendations were evaluated by two reviewers using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) approach. Results: We retrieved 6,468 citations, of which 2,086 were eligible for review, after duplicates were removed. We excluded 1,980 citations based on title and abstract screening. Of the screened full-text articles, we included all 106 studies. A summary of recommendations is presented. We assessed the overall evidence to be strong and of fair quality. Conclusion: The rehabilitation setting, and processes, logistics, and patient and healthcare provider precaution recommendations identified aim to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infection and ensure adequate and safe rehabilitation services, whether face-to-face or through teleservices. The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing. Further updates will be needed over time in order to incorporate emerging best evidence into rehabilitation guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number781271
JournalFrontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Volume13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 4 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • GRADE
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • health system
  • pandemic
  • rehabilitation
  • scoping review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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