As a group of editors, we, David Good, Nam-Jong Paik, Thomas Platz and Giorgio Sandrini
want to open an article collection (“research topic”) for the Neurorehabilitation section of Frontiers in Neurology (https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/neurology/sections/neurorehabilitation#) with the title COVID-19: The Neurorehabilitation Perspective.
For those of you who might consider submitting manuscripts of their COVID-19 related research, we would like to ask you to let us know by answering a very short survey. This will just be a statement of intent that you might submit your research within the next 12 to 24 months without any obligation to do so. For us, it would be important to have a rough idea what kind of neurorehabilitation research might be expected for the research topic and by whom.
Please use this link to go to the survey, if you consider submitting your research in due course:
Many thanks and best regards Thomas Platz/ for the editorial panel
Background information for the research topic:
On March 11th, after a sharp increase in the confirmed cases, WHO announced COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Given the current global public health threat, there is an urgent need for research and knowledge distribution on how best to manage patient care for those affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and recover, while 6.1% become critically ill (respiratory failure, septic shock, and/or multiple organ dysfunction/failure) (WHO, 2020) and might develop a post-intensive care syndrome, PICS with motor, cognitive and emotional disorders necessitating intensive rehabilitation (Needham et al., 2012; Bryant and McNabb, 2019).
Hence, priority research is necessary to elaborate rehabilitative needs, therapeutic options, and managed care for those affected by COVID-19 and neurological impairments, e.g. related to PICS.
Research has to document the epidemiology and rehabilitation needs of COVID-19 cases and their clinical course. It should further address the effectiveness of neurorehabilitation treatment including the use of new technologies for home care purposes (e.g. use of low-cost technologies such as a smartphones or tablets for virtual medical examination, counseling, and telerehabilitation), as well as health care system questions (e.g. how to cope with rapidly increasing demands for services), and guidance (practice recommendations).
Therefore, the themes covered by this research topic include but are not limited to:
· Epidemiology, risk factors for, and long-term outcome of altered body functions, activity limitations, participation restrictions and changes in quality of life of people affected by COVID-19
· Clinical instruments (assessment) to diagnose altered body functions (e.g. motor, sensory, cognitive, emotional) and activity limitations in people affected by COVID-19
· Pathophysiology (neurophysiology, brain imaging) of altered body functions (e.g. motor, sensory, cognitive, emotional) in people affected by COVID-19
· Effectiveness of (rehabilitative) interventions to treat people affected by COVID-19 such as counseling, training, psychotherapy, medication
· Use of technology to facilitate managed care for people affected by COVID-19 (virtual medical examination, tele-counseling, telerehabilitation)
· Health care system questions when organizing rehabilitation care for people affected by COVID-19
· (Evidence-based) clinical practice recommendations for rehabilitation care of people affected by COVID-19.
It is likely that Frontiers will grant publication of articles for this research topic free of charge for authors, which is an exception and great support for us as a clinical and research community. All submissions will, of course, undergo the standard peer-review procedure to ensure that the quality standards of the journal and clinical science in general are met.