Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting: clinical practice recommendations

J Physiother. 2020 Apr;66(2):73-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jphys.2020.03.011. Epub 2020 Mar 30.


This document outlines recommendations for physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting. It includes: recommendations for physiotherapy workforce planning and preparation; a screening tool for determining requirement for physiotherapy; and recommendations for the selection of physiotherapy treatments and personal protective equipment. It is intended for use by physiotherapists and other relevant stakeholders in the acute care setting caring for adult patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus; Physical therapy.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / complications*
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy
  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Personal Protective Equipment*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities* / standards
  • Pneumonia, Viral / complications*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*