Telerehabilitation in the Transitional Care of Patients with Sequelae Associated with COVID-19: Perception of Portuguese Nurses

Neuza Reis, Maria José Costa Dias, Luís Sousa, Inês Agostinho, Miguel Toscano Ricco, Maria Adriana Henriques, Cristina Lavareda Baixinho

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic brought many changes and challenges to health professionals, due to a lack of knowledge when dealing with the disease, fear of contagion, and the sequelae that characterize long COVID. To deal with this situation, respiratory rehabilitation programs are recommended in face-to-face and/or telerehabilitation modalities. (1) Background: This study had as its primary aim identifying the aspects/components to be considered in the planning and implementation of telerehabilitation interventions that guarantee transitional care for people with long COVID-19 after hospitalization and as a secondary aim identifying the positive aspects of telerehabilitation. (2) Methods: The method used to answer the research question was a focus group, carried out online with eight nurses specialized in rehabilitation nursing. The answers to the semi-structured interview were subjected to content analysis, and qualitative data analysis software (WebQDA®) was used to organize and analyze the findings. (3) Results: Four categories emerged from the content analysis: coordination between care levels; transitional care telerehabilitation intervention; advantages of telerehabilitation; and opportunities. (4) Conclusions: These findings make an important contribution to the reorganization of transitional care, allowing the identification of central aspects to be considered in the planning and implementation of telerehabilitation programs for people with long COVID.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17096
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • eHealth strategies
  • long COVID
  • nursing
  • pandemic
  • rehabilitation
  • transitional care

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