Rehabilitation After Critical Illness in People With COVID-19 Infection

Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Jun;99(6):470-474. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001443.


The current COVID-19 pandemic will place enormous pressure on healthcare systems around the world. Large numbers of people are predicted to become critically ill with acute respiratory distress syndrome and will require management in intensive care units. High levels of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial impairments can be anticipated. Rehabilitation providers will serve as an important link in the continuum of care, helping move patients on from acute sites to eventual discharge to the community. Likely impairment patterns, considerations for healthcare practitioner resilience, and organization of services to meet demand are discussed. Innovative approaches to care, such as virtual rehabilitation, are likely to become common in this environment.

MeSH terms

  • Coronavirus Infections / complications*
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Critical Illness / rehabilitation*
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Humans
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / complications*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Rehabilitation / organization & administration

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19