Rehabilitation in Acute COVID-19 Patients: A Japanese Retrospective, Observational, Multi-Institutional Survey

Yuka Yamada, Michiyuki Kawakami, Syoichi Tashiro, Maiko Omori, Daisuke Matsuura, Reon Abe, Maiko Osada, Hiroyuki Tashima, Tadasuke Shimomura, Naoki Mori, Ayako Wada, Aiko Ishikawa, Tetsuya Tsuji

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Objective: : To investigate the changes in activities of daily living (ADLs) and the conditions of rehabilitation for acute COVID-19 patients in Japan. Design: : Retrospective, observational survey. Setting: : Four tertiary hospitals with intensive care units and one secondary hospital in Japan. Participants: : COVID-19 patients (N=478) admitted to 5 hospitals Interventions: : Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures: : Walking ability and swallowing status were assessed using the FIM locomotion item and Food Intake Scale at admission and discharge. The physiatrists of each hospital were also surveyed regarding the factors that influenced decisions to provide rehabilitation. Results: : Excluding patients who died, the proportion of critical patients who could walk independently at discharge was 63%, and the proportion of those who were able to take 3 meals orally at discharge was 90%. Rehabilitation was provided to 13.4% of all patients and to 58.3% of patients with critical symptoms. Conclusions: : After COVID-19 treatment, patients, especially those with critical symptoms, still have functional disabilities related to walking and swallowing. It is possible that sufficient rehabilitation could not be provided during the period studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-936
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 05-2022
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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