Official Title
Digital Physiotherapy Practice in Long Covid-19 Patients to Improve Functional Capacity and Quality of Life.
Brief Summary

The COVID-19 can cause important sequels in the respiratory system by bilateral pneumonia and frequently presents loss of strength, dyspnea, polyneuropathies and multi-organic affectation. Long COVID-19 has been defined as the condition occurring in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, with related symptoms lasting at least 2 months and not explainable by an alternative diagnosis. The practice of digital physiotherapy presents itself as a promising complementary treatment method to standard physiotherapy, playing a key role in the recovery of function in subjects who have passed the disease and who maintain some symptomatology over time. The aims of this research are to explore the effect of a digital physiotherapy intervention on functional recovery in patients diagnosed with Long COVID-19 and to identify the level of adherence to the treatment carried out. Physiotherapy interventions acquires a fundamental role in the recovery of the functions and the quality of life. As secondary objectives, the aim is to identify the satisfaction and perception of patients with the intervention and the presence of barriers to its implementation (throught a qualitative research), as well as to evaluate the cost-effectiveness from the perspective of the health system. A quasi-experimental pre-post study assessed initially and at the end of the 4-week intervention the functional capacity (1-min STS and SPPB) and the adherence (software). The hypothesis of this research is that the implementation of a TR program presents positive results. If hypothesis is confirmed, that would be an opportunity to define new policies and interventions to address this disease and its consequences.

Detailed Description

The authors hypothesised that the implementation of a digital physiotherapy intervention in
Long COVID-19 participants is effective to improve the functional capacity and adherence and
have positive results in patients satisfaction.

Enrolling by invitation
Long COVID-19 Syndrome

Other: Digital Physiotherapy Practice (Telerehabilitation)

Online Physiotherapy services
Other Name: Telemedicine, ehealth

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- Adult over 18 years old

- Diagnosis: Long COVID-19 syndrome

- Residing in the Andalusian Community during the research period

- To have a computer technology with an internet connection aat home (personal computer,
laptop, tablet or smartphone)

- Ability and knowledge to access email or whatsapp

Exclusion Criteria:

-Cognitive ability not suitable for the use of technological tools

Eligibility Gender
Eligibility Age
Minimum: 18 Years ~ Maximum: N/A

Facultad Ciencias de la Salud
Málaga, Spain

José-Manuel Pastora-Bernal, PhD, Principal Investigator
Universidad de Granada

University of Malaga
NCT Number
Digital Physiotherapy Practice (Telerehabilitation)
Covid19 sequelae
MeSH Terms
Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome