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Progressive exercise and early mobilisation are among the elements of rehabilitation programmes that may improve recovery for people who are hospitalised with severe Covid-19, according to a new study.
Experts led a review of all the available evidence on whether rehabilitation benefitted patients who were admitted to intensive or critical care with respiratory illness, as information on people with Covid-19 was not available when the research began.
The study, published in Physiotherapy and supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula, found that progressive exercise and getting people mobile early may both help people recover from severe respiratory illness, and those findings could be applied to Covid-19 care. They also found that rehabilitation programmes with a number of different components could be beneficial.
A team at the University of Exeter led the review, with input from co-authors from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Universities of Nottingham and East Anglia.
Posted on 5th March 2021