Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting and beyond: an update to clinical practice recommendations Journal Articles uri icon

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  • This document provides an update to the recommendations for physiotherapy management for adults with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the acute hospital setting. It includes: physiotherapy workforce planning and preparation; a screening tool for determining requirement for physiotherapy; and recommendations for the use of physiotherapy treatments and personal protective equipment. New advice and recommendations are provided on: workload management; staff health, including vaccination; providing clinical education; personal protective equipment; interventions, including awake proning, mobilisation and rehabilitation in patients with hypoxaemia. Additionally, recommendations for recovery after COVID-19 have been added, including roles that physiotherapy can offer in the management of post-COVID syndrome. The updated guidelines are intended for use by physiotherapists and other relevant stakeholders caring for adult patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the acute care setting and beyond.


  • Thomas, Peter
  • Baldwin, Claire
  • Beach, Lisa
  • Bissett, Bernie
  • Boden, Ianthe
  • Cruz, Sherene Magana
  • Gosselink, Rik
  • Granger, Catherine L
  • Hodgson, Carol
  • Holland, Anne E
  • Jones, Alice YM
  • Kho, Michelle
  • van der Lee, Lisa
  • Moses, Rachael
  • Ntoumenopoulos, George
  • Parry, Selina M
  • Patman, Shane

publication date

  • January 2022