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Healthc Policy ; 17(1): 73-90, 2021 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1431156


OBJECTIVE: This study documents the adoption of telehealth by various types of primary healthcare (PHC) providers working in teaching PHC clinics in Quebec during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also identifies the perceived advantages and disadvantages of telehealth. METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted between May and August 2020. The e-survey was completed by 48/50 teaching primary care clinics representing 603/1,357 (44%) PHC providers. RESULTS: Telephone use increased the most, becoming the principal virtual modality of consultation, during the pandemic. Video consultations increased, with variations by type of PHC provider: between 2% and 16% reported using it "sometimes." The main perceived advantages of telehealth were minimizing the patient's need to travel, improved efficiency and reduction in infection transmission risk. The main disadvantages were the lack of physical exam and difficulties connecting with some patients. CONCLUSION: The variation in telehealth adoption by type of PHC provider may inform strategies to maximize the potential of telehealth and help create guidelines for its use in more normal times.

COVID-19/diagnosis , COVID-19/therapy , Health Personnel/statistics & numerical data , Patient Acceptance of Health Care/statistics & numerical data , Primary Health Care/organization & administration , Primary Health Care/statistics & numerical data , Telemedicine/organization & administration , Telemedicine/statistics & numerical data , Adult , Cross-Sectional Studies , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Quebec , SARS-CoV-2
Int J Telerehabil ; 13(1): e6383, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1314873


PURPOSE: Telerehabilitation could prevent sequelae from COVID-19. We aimed to assess the feasibility of telerehabilitation; describe pulmonary and functional profiles of COVID-19 patients; and explore the effect of telerehabilitation on improving pulmonary symptoms and quality of life. METHODS: We conducted a pre-experimental, pre-post pilot study. We recruited COVID-19 patients who had returned home following hospitalization. The intervention included eight weeks of supervised physiotherapy sessions. We documented technological issues, success of recruitment strategies, and participants' attendance to supervised sessions. We measured the impact of pulmonary symptoms on quality of life and functional health. RESULTS: We scheduled 64 supervised sessions with seven participants with few technological issues. Initial scores showed that pulmonary symptoms moderately to highly impacted quality of life. At eight weeks, all patients had improved from 10 to 45 points on the EuroQol-Visual Analog Scale (EQ-VAS) instrument, indicating clinical significance. CONCLUSION: We developed and administered a telerehabilitation intervention during a global pandemic that targets key symptoms of the relevant disease.

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther ; 51(5): 197-200, 2021 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1209238


SYNOPSIS: The term long COVID was coined by patients to describe the long-term consequences of COVID-19. One year into the pandemic, it was clear that all patients-those hospitalized with COVID-19 and those who lived with the disease in the community-were at risk of developing debilitating sequelae that would impact their quality of life. Patients with long COVID asked for rehabilitation. Many of them, including previously healthy and fit clinicians, tried to fight postviral fatigue with exercise-based rehabilitation. We observed a growing number of patients with long COVID who experienced adverse effects from exercise therapy and symptoms strikingly similar to those of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Community-based physical therapists, including those in private practice, unaware of safety issues, are preparing to help an influx of patients with long COVID. In this editorial, we expose growing concerns about long COVID and ME. We issue safety recommendations for rehabilitation and share resources to improve care for those with postviral illnesses. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2021;51(5):197-200. doi:10.2519/jospt.2021.0106.

COVID-19/complications , Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic/etiology , Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic/therapy , Fatigue/etiology , Fatigue/therapy , Exercise Therapy/adverse effects , Humans , Quality of Life , Rest