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Healthcare | Free Full-Text | Exploring the Use of Mobile Health for the Rehabilitation of Long COVID Patients: A Scoping Review


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Review

by

1,2,

2 and

1,2,3,*

1

Department of PXL-Healthcare, PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 3500 Hasselt, Belgium

2

REVAL Rehabilitation Research Center, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hasselt University, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium

3

Technology-Supported and Data-Driven Rehabilitation, Data Sciences Institute, Hasselt University, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium

*

Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Healthcare 2024, 12(4), 451; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare12040451 (registering DOI)

Submission received: 9 January 2024
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Revised: 5 February 2024
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Accepted: 8 February 2024
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Published: 10 February 2024

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a substantial revolution in the incorporation of digital solutions in healthcare. This systematic review investigates the enduring physical and psychological consequences individuals experience up to two years post-recovery. Additionally, it focuses on examining the influence of mHealth interventions on these effects. Significantly, 41.7% of survivors experience lingering symptoms that have not been addressed, while 14.1% encounter difficulties in returning to work. The presence of anxiety, compromised respiratory functioning, and persistent symptoms highlight the immediate requirement for specific therapies. Telehealth, particularly telerehabilitation, presents itself as a possible way to address these difficulties. The study thoroughly examines 10 studies encompassing 749 COVID-19 patients, investigating the efficacy of telerehabilitation therapies in addressing various health markers. Telerehabilitation-based breathing exercises yield substantial enhancements in functional performance, dyspnea, and overall well-being. The results emphasize the potential of telerehabilitation to have a favorable effect on patient outcomes; however, more research is needed to strengthen the existing evidence base, as one of the most important limitations is the limited number of trials and the evaluation of varied therapies. This analysis highlights the significance of digital solutions in post-COVID care and calls for ongoing research to improve the comprehension and implementation of telehealth interventions in a swiftly changing healthcare environment.

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Daniels, K.; Mourad, J.; Bonnechère, B.
Exploring the Use of Mobile Health for the Rehabilitation of Long COVID Patients: A Scoping Review. Healthcare 2024, 12, 451.
https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare12040451

AMA Style

Daniels K, Mourad J, Bonnechère B.
Exploring the Use of Mobile Health for the Rehabilitation of Long COVID Patients: A Scoping Review. Healthcare. 2024; 12(4):451.
https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare12040451

Chicago/Turabian Style

Daniels, Kim, Joanna Mourad, and Bruno Bonnechère.
2024. “Exploring the Use of Mobile Health for the Rehabilitation of Long COVID Patients: A Scoping Review” Healthcare 12, no. 4: 451.
https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare12040451

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