Expert consensus on protocol of rehabilitation for COVID-19 patients using framework and approaches of WHO International Family Classifications

Aging Med (Milton). 2020 Jul 6;3(2):82-94. doi: 10.1002/agm2.12120. eCollection 2020 Jun.


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has widely spread all over the world and the numbers of patients and deaths are increasing. According to the epidemiology, virology, and clinical practice, there are varying degrees of changes in patients, involving the human body structure and function and the activity and participation. Based on the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and its biopsychosocial model of functioning, we use the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FICs) framework to form an expert consensus on the COVID-19 rehabilitation program, focusing on the diagnosis and evaluation of disease and functioning, and service delivery of rehabilitation, and to establish a standard rehabilitation framework, terminology system, and evaluation and intervention systems based the WHO-FICs.

Keywords: COVID‐19; International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); rehabilitation.