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Strategies for Re-opening Physiotherapy OPDs Post COVID-19 Lockdown – A Cross-sectional Study

Version 1 : Received: 2 June 2021 / Approved: 3 June 2021 / Online: 3 June 2021 (12:06:26 CEST)

How to cite: Gill, A.S.; Chawla, N.S.; Saini, S.S. Strategies for Re-opening Physiotherapy OPDs Post COVID-19 Lockdown – A Cross-sectional Study. Preprints 2021, 2021060111 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0111.v1). Gill, A.S.; Chawla, N.S.; Saini, S.S. Strategies for Re-opening Physiotherapy OPDs Post COVID-19 Lockdown – A Cross-sectional Study. Preprints 2021, 2021060111 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0111.v1).

Abstract

Background: The practices of various health-care professionals have been improvised to accommodate the on-going covid-19 pandemic situation. Different guidelines have been set in place to ease the process of re-opening of non-elective healthcare services like out-patient physiotherapy clinics. Although the measures taken should be guided by evidence based information, major consensus amongst practicing therapists needs to guide the India physiotherapy clinics. Objective: To identify and present the opinions of different physiotherapists about the various strategies for re-opening the out-patient physiotherapy clinics. Methods: An online cross-sectional survey was conducted. Over 169 participants were selected to participate in the survey according to the pre-decided inclusion and exclusion criteria. The data was collected and saved via google forms. Result and conclusion: A majority of respondents had a consensus over different strategies for re-opening the physiotherapy OPDs. These were regarding different measures to be adapted including modifications in the clinic infrastructure and the practice pattern. This would help in smoothly re-instating the physiotherapy services post the covid-19 lockdown.

Keywords

COVID19; SARS CoV2; physiotherapy; healthcare system

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