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The purpose of this study is to determine the benefits and feasibility of physiotherapy in the recovery of ongoing symptoms after COVID-19 illness. Long COVID Syndrome (Long COVID) is defined by persistent symptoms (including breathlessness, chest pain and fatigue) after COVID-19 illness that continue for more than 12 weeks and cannot be explained by another diagnosis. The goal of this project is to explore physiotherapy as treatment for patients suffering from Long COVID.


Clinical Trial Description

The global pandemic caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 [COVID-19] has resulted in catastrophic loss of life and significant morbidity in survivors. It is now recognized that a significant number of patients have symptoms lasting for weeks to months after initial infection, a clinical entity termed "Long COVID". For many patients, this has led to an unexpectedly long recovery and has negatively impacted health-related quality of life (QOL). Persisting breathlessness, fatigue and exercise limitation were among the most common patient-reported symptoms after COVID-19 infection, affecting approximately 50% of individuals. Given the heterogeneity in the causes of breathlessness post-COVID, there are no specific medications that can be broadly recommended to alleviate dyspnea among these patients. Breathing retraining, combined with supervised exercise, improves QOL and exercise capacity among patients with various chronic lung diseases and is an important potential strategy that could reduce dyspnea and regain physical function among those with Long COVID. The benefits of physiotherapy are recognized in hospitalized, and critically ill patients, and physiotherapy interventions have been studied among hospitalized patients with acute COVID-19 pneumonia. Physiotherapy may also play an instrumental role in the recovery of ambulatory patients with Long COVID, but few data currently exist. ;


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NCT number NCT05040893
Study type Interventional
Source University of Calgary
Contact Jason Weatherald, MD, MSc
Phone 403-943-4779
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date October 1, 2021
Completion date July 31, 2022

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