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A 'new normal' following COVID-19 and the economic crisis: Using systems thinking to identify challenges and opportunities in disability, telework, and rehabilitation.
Jesus, Tiago S; Landry, Michel D; Jacobs, Karen.
  • Jesus TS; Global Health and Tropical Medicine and WHO Collaborating Center on Health Workforce Policy and Planning, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, NOVA University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Landry MD; Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Sargent College, Boston University, MA, USA.
  • Jacobs K; School of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.
Work ; 67(1): 37-46, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1007026
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COVID-19
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2. Disability PROCESS_OF Persons
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Disability
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3. Communicable Diseases PROCESS_OF Persons
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Communicable Diseases
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4. COVID-19 COEXISTS_WITH Disability
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COVID-19
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Disability
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6. Communicable Diseases PROCESS_OF Persons
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ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that emerged in late 2019, and later become a global pandemic, has unleashed an almost unprecedented global public health and economic crisis.

OBJECTIVE:

In this perspective, we examine the effects of COVID-19 and identify a likely 'new normal' in terms of challenges and opportunities within the fields of disability, telework, and rehabilitation.

METHODS:

We use a systems thinking lens informed by recent empirical evidence and peer-reviewed qualitative accounts regarding the pandemic to identify emerging challenges, and pinpoint opportunities related to health and changing employment infrastructure of people with disabilities and rehabilitation professionals.

RESULTS:

From our interpretation, the key leverage points or opportunities include (1) developing disability-inclusive public health responses and emergency preparedness; (2) enabling employment and telework opportunities for people with disabilities; (3) addressing the new requirements in rehabilitation service provision, including participating as essential team members in the care of people with infectious diseases such as COVID-19; (4) embracing the added emphasis on, and capacity for, telehealth; and (5) developing greater resilience, distance learning, and employability among the rehabilitation workforce.

CONCLUSIONS:

The COVID-19 pandemic has become increasingly challenging to the lives of people with disabilities and rehabilitation professionals; however, key challenges can be minimized and opportunities can be capitalized upon in order to 'build back better' after COVID-19.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Workplace / Disabled Persons / Coronavirus Infections / Employment / Economic Recession / Pandemics Type of study: Observational study / Prognostic study / Qualitative research Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Work Journal subject: Occupational Medicine Year: 2020 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: WOR-203250

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Workplace / Disabled Persons / Coronavirus Infections / Employment / Economic Recession / Pandemics Type of study: Observational study / Prognostic study / Qualitative research Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Work Journal subject: Occupational Medicine Year: 2020 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: WOR-203250