Cognitive, behavioral, and psychological manifestations of COVID-19 in post-acute rehabilitation setting: preliminary data of an observational study

Our results show an improvement of Neuropsychiatry Inventory and AD-R depression scores during hospitalization

Silvia Bonizzato; Ada Ghiggia; Francesco Ferraro; Emanuela Galante

2021

Scholarcy highlights

  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 is the cause of the coronavirus disease 2019, mainly characterized by respiratory illness
  • Twelve patients with COVID-19 were included in the study; they were transferred to the Physical Therapy Department of the Carlo Poma Hospital in Mantua after hospitalization for COVID-19
  • Our results show an improvement of Neuropsychiatry Inventory and AD-R depression scores during hospitalization
  • At the entrance in the Rehabilitation Unit, a global assessment is essential in order to plan the recovery program; assessments at discharge and at the follow-up visit are relevant to gain knowledge about possible long-term neuropsychological and psychological consequences of the COVID-19, and they are mandatory to decide post-hospitalization setting and to organize further support and assistance needs
  • The choice of assessment tools should take into account the vulnerability of these patients in the immediate post-acute phase of the disease, but it does not rule out the possibility of detailed assessment at follow-up visits, when they usually have recovered part of their physical capacity
  • We believe that this exploratory study could be a proposal for an assessment model of patients recovering from COVID-19 even if the discussion about times and tools for the evaluation of cognitive, behavioral, and psychological alterations in COVID-19 patients is still open to debate

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