Resources Published in April 2020

Please note: Due to the volume of resources in this category, resources published by month can be found on the following pages:

 Resources Published in April 2020
Rehabilitation considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak (April 28, 2020) Report by the Pan American Health Organization outlines how rehabilitation improves outcomes of patients with severe cases of COVID-19 and benefits health services and the importance of continuity of rehabilitation for non-COVID-19 patients.
 COVID-19 – What We Know So Far About…Clinical Severity (April 24, 2020) Overview from Public Health Ontario of published and unpublished reports. Webpage includes other similar reports.
 Rehabilitation for Patients with COVID-19: Guidance for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Assistants (April 24, 2020) Developed by the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, this living document consolidates findings from resources for frontline rehabilitation professionals.
Survivors’ Burden (April 24, 2020) Brief commentary on the risk of long-term disability and illness as a result of COVID-19 and critical care admission.
COVID-19: Information for the Respiratory Community. Scroll down the page to view the – Pulmonary Rehabilitation resource pack (April 23, 2020) Resource pack is a resource for professionals conducting remote assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic and supports pulmonary rehabilitation while face-to-face pulmonary rehab is not possible.
Long-Term clinical outcomes in survivors of Coronavirus outbreaks after hospitalization in ICU or ICU admission: A systematic review and meta-analysis of follow-up studies (April 22, 2020) Collates long-term complications seen following previous coronavirus outbreaks (SARS and MERS) in those who required hospitalization or ICU stay and outlines the implications for rehabilitation and mental health services.
Telemedicine from research to practice during the pandemic. “Instant paper from the field” on rehabilitation answers to the Covid-19 emergency (April 22, 2020) Reports the contents of the third Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine webinar on Covid-19 impact on rehabilitation.
 Practical Considerations for Implementing Virtual Care in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: For the Pandemic and Beyond (April 21, 2020) Article outlines a practical approach to quickly implementing virtual care for physiatrists and reviews strategies for performing virtual physical exams and engaging learners in virtual care.
When Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation became Medicine—Life in the Time of COVID-19 (April 21, 2020) Describes how an acute rehab unit in a New York City hospital was transitioned to a medical unit and outlines lessons learned.
Guidelines of clinical practice for the management of swallowing disorders and recent dysphonia in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (April 20, 2020) Preliminary recommendations from the French Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Society (SFORL).
 Recommendations for an Ontario Approach to the Provision of Stroke Rehabilitation During COVID-19 (April 20, 2020) Memo from CorHealth includes general guidance for the provision of stroke rehabilitation during COVID-19 based on current practice and available evidence.
The role of physical and rehabilitation medicine in the COVID-19 pandemic: the clinician’s view (April 18, 2020) Editorial provides an overview of the clinical features of COVID-19 and describes the role of physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists to reduce disability and help re-establish and optimize the function of the acute hospital setting.
 Canadian Stroke Best Practice Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 17, 2020) Provides guidance on implementing evidence-based stroke care during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on expert opinion from the Canadian Stroke Best Practices Advisory Committee.
 Rehabilitation following critical illness in people with COVID-19 infection (April 10, 2020) Describes how rehabilitation providers will serve as an important link in the continuum of care, helping move patients on from acute sites to eventual discharge to the community. Likely impairment patterns, considerations for healthcare practitioner resilience, and organization of services to meet demand are discussed.
Recommendations on how to provide cardiac rehabilitation activities during the COVID-19 pandemic (April 8, 2020) Recommendations from the Secondary Prevention and Rehabilitation Section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC).
Report of an Ad-Hoc International Task Force to Develop an Expert-Based Opinion on Early and Short-Term Rehabilitative Interventions (After the Acute Hospital setting) in COVID-19 Survivors (April 3, 2020) A living document using expert-based opinion on early and short-term rehabilitative interventions in COVID-19 survivors after the acute hospital setting. 
Respiratory Rehabilitation in Elderly Patients with COVID-19: A Randomized Controlled Study (April 1, 2020) Investigates the effects of 6-week respiratory rehabilitation training on respiratory function, QoL, mobility and psychological function in elderly patients with COVID-19.