Evaluation of paramedical recovery care for patients with COVID-19

A national research consortium is to evaluate paramedical recovery care for patients with COVID-19 in close cooperation with the care sector. This will involve exercise therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dietetics and physiotherapy. The consortium consists of researchers from various knowledge centres, including Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s Department of Health Sciences.

11/19/2020 | 3:30 PM

On 18 July 2020, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) decided to conditionally include primary paramedical recovery care for patients who have suffered from severe COVID-19 in the basic healthcare package. The objective of this study is to map out the effectiveness and costs of this care.

The researchers will be using various methods to do so, such as analysing data already registered, analysing different subgroups of patients and prospectively monitoring patients over time. Important outcomes will be the extent to which patients are able to participate in society, their quality of life and whether they experience fatigue.

Many important parties in the field of paramedical care are collaborating in this research. In addition to eight knowledge institutions (universities, universities of applied sciences and the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research [NIVEL]), patients, paramedical professional organizations, general practitioners, medical specialists, insurers and the National Health Care Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland) are also involved. The study will be financed by the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw).