About this Research Topic
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On March 11th 2020, after a surge in the confirmed cases, the World Health Organization announced COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Given the current global public health threat, there is an urgent need for research and knowledge distribution on how best to manage patient care for those affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and recover, while 6.1% become critically ill (respiratory failure, septic shock, and/or multiple organ dysfunction/failure) and might develop a post intensive care syndrome, PICS with motor, cognitive and emotional disorders necessitating intensive rehabilitation.
Hence, priority research is necessary to elaborate rehabilitative needs, therapeutic options, and managed care for those affected by COVID-19 and neurological impairments, e.g. related to PICS.
Research has to document the epidemiology and rehabilitation needs of COVID-19 cases and their clinical course. It should further address the effectiveness of neurorehabilitation treatment including the use of new technologies for home care purposes (e.g. use of low cost technologies such as a smartphones or tablets for virtual medical examination, counseling, and tele-rehabilitation), as well as health care system questions (e.g. how to cope with rapidly increasing demands for services), and guidance (practice recommendations).
Therefore, the themes covered by this research topic include but are not limited to:
• Epidemiology, risk factors for, and long-term outcome of altered body functions, activity limitations, participation restrictions and changes in quality of life of people affected by COVID-19
• Clinical instruments (assessment) to diagnose altered body functions (e.g. motor, sensory, cognitive, emotional) and activity limitations in people affected by COVID-19
• Pathophysiology (neurophysiology, brain imaging) of altered body functions (e.g. motor, sensory, cognitive, emotional) in people affected by COVID-19
• Effectiveness of (rehabilitative) interventions to treat people affected by COVID-19 such as counseling, training, psychotherapy, medication
• Use of technology to facilitate managed care for people affected by COVID-19 (virtual medical examination, tele-counseling, tele-rehabilitation)
• Health care system questions when organizing rehabilitation care for people affected by COVID-19
• (Evidence-based) clinical practice recommendations for rehabilitation care of people affected by COVID-19
Keywords: Coronavirus, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, rehabilitation, treatment, drugs, therapies, training, activities, participation, post intensive care syndrome, PICS, critical, patient, data, pandemic
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