Long COVID and Physiotherapy Assessment: Safety First #Physiotalk 07/06/21 8pm BST

This #physiotalk tweetchat will take place on Monday7th June at 8pm BST.

This tweetchat is a follow up of our October chat on Long COVID and the role of Physiotherapy. As services continue to reopen and Long COVID assessment centres become operational in England, we ask: what should a good physiotherapy assessment for someone living with long COVID look like?

Its becoming clearer and clearer that the issue of Long COVID is likely to be with us for sometime. And we increasingly recognise that not everyone with Long COVID will have been into hospital with acute COVID, in fact now we know that severity of Infection is not a predictor of Long COVID.

Rehabilitation is a cornerstone of Long COVID intervention and WHO have called for greater and more equitable access to rehabilitation. The NIHR second themed review on Long COVID identified variation in rehabilitation in these early days, which is not unexpected. But the question remains- what does or should good rehabilitation look like, but even more critically, how does our assessment inform or shape that?

Join us on Monday to consider what makes a good assessment and even more importantly, what makes a safe assessment.

Chat Questions

How do you conduct you Long COVID assessments in your setting?

Do you screen subjectively for Long COVID organ damage?

Do you routinely assess for Post Exertional Symptom Exacerbation (PESE) / Post Exertional Malaise (PEM) within the initial assessment?

What does your organisation require you to use as Outcome Measures within the standard dataset?

How do you decide when to advocate for physical activity and when to #StopRestPace?


Missed the chat? Catch up with the transcript here

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