Technology supported rehabilitation for patients of critical illness caused by COVID-19: a protocol for a mixed-methods feasibility study

Ana-Carolina Gonçalves, Todd Leckie, Alexander Hunter, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Alan Richardson, Benjamin Hardy, Christina Koulouglioti, Richard Venn, Luke Hodgson

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Abstract

Background/Aims: The COVID-19 pandemic has created the need for research on how to effectively rehabilitate patients who have been discharged from an intensive care unit. This study is a protocol for a mixed methods feasibility study addressing the research questions: 1) what are the needs of patients who have survived COVID-19? 2) is the use of technology feasible to support their recovery?

Methods: A multicentre, technology supported, rehabilitation intervention for survivors of critical illness caused by COVID-19 will be assessed. Survivors in the study population will be offered a smartwatch to monitor their activity levels and will have biopsychosocial outcome measures monitored at three time points: discharge from hospital, 2–3 months post discharge and 1 year post discharge. Semi-structured interviews will be conducted across eight hospital sites with survivors, their relatives and professionals to understand their recovery experiences.

Conclusions: Designed by frontline clinicians, this protocol outlines a feasibility study that will provide new knowledge on the process of recovery of critical illness caused by COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Volume27
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • Follow-up
  • Intensive care
  • Recovery
  • Sars-Cov-2
  • Telerehabilitation

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