Pulmonary Rehabilitation Implemented With VR for Post-COVID-19 Patients

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    The Opole University of Technology
Updated on 10 March 2022


Although the COVID-19 pandemic was announced almost 2 years ago, societies are still facing the effects not only of individuals but also of entire populations. Clinical symptoms in patients depending on the variant of the virus range from fever, sore throat, cough, fatigue, or gastrointestinal or neurological symptoms. Symptoms of respiratory failure also occur, as well as heart and kidney damage. Therefore, it is important to implement appropriate pulmonary rehabilitation programs to counteract the effects of the disease. The current project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program for patients hospitalized for SARS-CoV2 infection.


Initial studies indicated that approximately 60 days after the first COVID-19 symptom onset, only 13% of patients previously hospitalized for COVID-19 were reported to be essentially free of any COVID-19-related symptoms, while 32% had one or two symptoms and 55% had three or more symptoms. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic gives rise to new psychosocial and emotional stressors for recovering patients, including social isolation, physical distancing, loss of employment and uncertainties about the future. In the confrontation of such an uncertain prognosis, it seems justified to introduce preventive actions against the development of pandemic-related adverse effects. To date, only few publications assessed the effectiveness of early post-hospital rehabilitation of patients with COVID-19. This project is aimed to propose an innovative comprehensive intervention based on a stationary pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) programme for COVID-19 survivors. Moreover, this project assumes the use of virtual reality (VR) in rehabilitation processes.

Condition COVID-19
Treatment Pulmonary rehabilitation program
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05242094
SponsorThe Opole University of Technology
Last Modified on10 March 2022


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Individuals hospitalized for COVID-19

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Failure to consent to participate in research
evidence of ischemic heart disease/acute changes on ECG
uncontrolled hypertension
insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
inability to exercise independently or musculoskeletal/neurological conditions that would prevent completion of the course
lung cancer
cognitive disorders, or Mini-Mental State Examination < 24\
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