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Evaluation of allied healthcare in patients recovering from Covid-19

study protocol and baseline data of s National Prospective Cohort Study

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<p>Objective: To report the study protocol and baseline characteristics of a prospective cohort study to evaluate longitudinal recovery trajectories of patients recovering from COVID-19 who have visited a primary care allied health professional. Design: Report of the protocol and baseline characteristics for a prospective cohort study with a mixedmethods approach. Patients: Patients recovering from COVID-19 treated by primary care dietitians, exercise therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and/or speech and language therapists in the Netherlands. Methods: The prospective study will measure primary outcome domains: participation, health-related quality of life, fatigue, physical functioning, and costs, at baseline, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. Interviews, on the patients' experiences with allied healthcare, will be held with a subsample of patients and allied health professionals. Results: The cohort comprises 1,451 patients (57% female, mean age 49 (standard deviation 13) years). Preliminary results for the study cohort show that 974 (67%) of the participants reported mild/moderate severity symptoms during the infection period and patients reported severe restrictions in activities of daily living compared with previous research in other patient populations. Both quantitative and qualitative, will provide insight into the recovery of patients who are treated by allied health professionals. Conclusion: In conclusion, this will be the first comprehensive study to longitudinally evaluate the recovery trajectories and related costs of patients recovering from COVID-19 who are treated by allied health professionals in the Netherlands. This study will provide evidence for the optimal strategy to treat patients recovering from COVID-19 infection, including which patients benefit, and to what extent, from treatment, and which factors might impact their recovery course over time. The preliminary results of this study demonstrated the severity of restrictions and complaints at the start of therapy are substantial.</p>

Reference Dutch Consortium Allied Healthcare COVID-19 (2022). Evaluation of allied healthcare in patients recovering from Covid-19: study protocol and baseline data of s National Prospective Cohort Study. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 54, Article jrm00309. https://doi.org/10.2340/jrm.v54.2506
Published by  Urban Vitality 26 August 2022

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Aug 2022

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Dutch Consortium Allied Healthcare COVID-19
Rob A. De Bie
Arie C. Verburg
Carla Agasi-Idenburg
Edith H.C. Cup
Carolien Dekker
Johanna M. Van Dongen
Edwin Geleijn
Marissa H.G. Gerards
Maud Graff
Ron van Heerde
Hanneke Kalf
Marly Kammerer
Renée A. Kool
Anja De Kruif
Marike Van Der Leeden
Ton A.F. Lenssen
Willemijn M. Meijer
Raymond Ostelo
Amber Ronteltap
Marike V. Van Der Schaaf
Sonja Van Oers
Marian A.E. De Van Der Schueren
Anne I. Slotegraaf
Cindy Veenhof
Thomas J. Hoogeboom
Philip J. Van Der Wees

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