CHALLENGES TO PHYSICAL AND REHABILITATION MEDICINE IN THE CONDITIONS OF COVID 19 PANDEMIC
ABSTRACT: The focus of rehabilitation medicine in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic is on the one hand to ensure the continuity of rehabilitation services for patients in need, and on the other hand to create conditions for the rehabilitation of patients with severe COVID-19. This requires the integration of physiorehabilitation medicine in new clinical directions and the development of new approaches and organizational models. Based on selected publications on physical medicine and rehabilitation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we present our clinical experience for the past period to address the challenges facing the specialty. Our observations highlight the potential importance of task-specific rehabilitation in patients with Covid 19 for clinical andfunctional improvement andfor preventing the long-term adverse effects of the disease. With careful assessment of the medical condition, safety, good coordination and planning (personnel, resources, territorial) and the precise application of physiorehabilitation care we can continue to perform the main tasks of our specialty.
Keywords: COVID-19; physical medicine and rehabilitation, adapted measures