Physiotherapy practices when treating patients with COVID-19 during a pandemic : A survey study
Trojman, Anthony, Hough, Judith, Hides, Julie, Gustafsson, Louise, Flores, Orlando and Paratz, Jennifer. (2023). Physiotherapy practices when treating patients with COVID-19 during a pandemic : A survey study. Heart and Lung. 57, pp. 152-160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrtlng.2022.09.012
|Authors||Trojman, Anthony, Hough, Judith, Hides, Julie, Gustafsson, Louise, Flores, Orlando and Paratz, Jennifer|
Background Specific details pertaining to the clinical and other challenges faced by physiotherapists managing patients with COVID-19 during the pandemic are still largely unknown.
Objectives To determine how physiotherapists clinically managed patients with COVID-19 in a hospital-based setting during the pandemic and to identify the personal and professional effects of working as a physiotherapist at this time.
Methods Self-administered electronic cross-sectional survey. Participants included physiotherapists from around the world involved in the clinical management of patients with COVID-19.
Results Of the 204 participants who returned the questionnaire, 39% worked as senior physiotherapists, 29% as consultant or specialist physiotherapists, 23% as general physiotherapists and 4% as graduate physiotherapists. Seventy-two percent of participants worked in the intensive care unit. The largest barrier to treating patients with COVID-19 was a lack of intensive care trained physiotherapists (70%). Eighty-three percent of participants reported performing activities outside of their typical work duties, including proning patients (55%), tutoring and advising other staff in the intensive care unit (55%) and adjusting or changing ventilator settings (52%). Almost all participants (90%) reported being aware of physiotherapy specific guidelines for treating patients with COVID-19, yet most participants performed techniques that were not recommended.
Conclusions The experience of the pandemic highlighted the need for specialist training and availability of experienced cardiorespiratory physiotherapists to manage patients with COVID-19, specifically in intensive care. Furthermore, clear guidelines on the management of patients with COVID-19 should be established to ensure optimal management of patients and ensure the safety of physiotherapy staff.
|Keywords||physiotherapy; COVID-19; cardiorespiratory; respiratory; survey|
|Journal||Heart and Lung|
|Journal citation||57, pp. 152-160|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrtlng.2022.09.012|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC9536211|
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|Online||30 Sep 2022|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||19 Sep 2022|
|Deposited||11 Jan 2023|
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