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Management of post-acute COVID-19 patients in geriatric rehabilitation: EuGMS guidance

van Haastregt, Jolanda C. M.; Everink, Irma H. J.; Schols, Jos M. G. A.; Grund, Stefan; Gordon, Adam L.; Poot, Else P.; Martin, Finbarr C.; O’Neill, Desmond; Petrovic, Mirko; Bachmann, Stefan; van Balen, Romke; van Dam van Isselt, Leonoor; Dockery, Frances; Holstege, Marije S.; Landi, Francesco; Pérez, Laura M.; Roquer, Esther; Smalbrugge, Martin; Achterberg, Wilco P.


Jolanda C. M. van Haastregt

Irma H. J. Everink

Jos M. G. A. Schols

Stefan Grund

Professor of The Care of Older People

Else P. Poot

Finbarr C. Martin

Desmond O’Neill

Mirko Petrovic

Stefan Bachmann

Romke van Balen

Leonoor van Dam van Isselt

Frances Dockery

Marije S. Holstege

Francesco Landi

Laura M. Pérez

Esther Roquer

Martin Smalbrugge

Wilco P. Achterberg



To describe a guidance on the management of post-acute COVID 19 patients in geriatric rehabilitation.

The guidance is based on guidelines for post-acute COVID-19 geriatric rehabilitation developed in the Netherlands, updated with recent insights from literature, related guidance from other countries and disciplines, and combined with experiences from experts in countries participating in the Geriatric Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the European Geriatric Medicine Society.

This guidance for post-acute COVID-19 rehabilitation is divided into a section addressing general recommendations for geriatric rehabilitation and a section addressing specific processes and procedures. The Sect. “General recommendations for geriatric rehabilitation” addresses: (1) general requirements for post-acute COVID-19 rehabilitation and (2) critical aspects for quality assurance during COVID-19 pandemic. The Sect. “Specific processes and procedures”, addresses the following topics: (1) patient selection; (2) admission; (3) treatment; (4) discharge; and (5) follow-up and monitoring.

Providing tailored geriatric rehabilitation treatment to post-acute COVID-19 patients is a challenge for which the guidance is designed to provide support. There is a strong need for additional evidence on COVID-19 geriatric rehabilitation including developing an understanding of risk profiles of older patients living with frailty to develop individualised treatment regimes. The present guidance will be regularly updated based on additional evidence from practice and research.


van Haastregt, J. C. M., Everink, I. H. J., Schols, J. M. G. A., Grund, S., Gordon, A. L., Poot, E. P., …Achterberg, W. P. (2021). Management of post-acute COVID-19 patients in geriatric rehabilitation: EuGMS guidance. European Geriatric Medicine,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 6, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 20, 2021
Publication Date Nov 20, 2021
Deposit Date Nov 25, 2021
Publicly Available Date Nov 25, 2021
Journal European Geriatric Medicine
Print ISSN 1878-7649
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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