The Important Role of Rehabilitation During a Pandemic

By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services

“Early rehabilitation of the COVID-19 patients can enhance pulmonary, respiratory function, reduce complications, improve function, cognitive impairments and quality of life,” according to a recent study published by the Journal of Rehabilitation Management. The study found that medical rehabilitation could play a vital role in the recovery in COVID-19 patients with non-respiratory presentations and complications. 

20% of recovering Covid-19 patients will require facility-based rehabilitation

After further examination of the world’s most impacted countries, researchers found that in addition to the most commonly attributed respiratory symptoms of this novel coronavirus, several other conditions reported in COVID-19 patients such as cerebrovascular disease and related strokes, seizures, skeletal muscular injuries, and neuromuscular illnesses, would benefit from facility-based rehabilitative care. 

Below are key findings explaining why early integration of rehabilitative care in COVID-19 patients is vital for recovery:

  • Evidence and key findings support that during disasters, early involvement of rehabilitation reduces disability and improves clinical outcomes.
  • The rehabilitation needs of COVID-19 survivors will vary in different settings over time, but medical rehabilitation is essential in all phases of pandemic management.
  • The study concludes, in part, that: “As in any disaster, the role of medical rehabilitation in pandemics is an integral component of comprehensive management.”
  • Another conclusion of the study: “Early rehabilitation of the COVID-19 patients can enhance pulmonary, respiratory function, reduce complications, improve function, cognitive impairments and quality of life.”

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By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services