Dr. Marla Beauchamp, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Emerging data on the long-term sequelae after COVID-19 suggests that many patients suffer from persistent and relapsing symptoms including mobility problems, dyspnea, and fatigue. The Functional Recovery of Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 prospective cohort study is an extension to the McMaster Multi-Regional COVID-19 Hospital Case Registry (COREG) in order to track functional recovery over 1 year among all COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital in Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo regions. Outcomes measured on admission, discharge, and at 3-month intervals include: mobility, dyspnea, fatigue, psychosocial outcomes, cognition, spirometry, and health-related quality of life. This presentation will focus on preliminary results from the first cohort of patients enrolled in the study. These data will be important for understanding the trajectory of recovery from the disease and for informing optimal rehabilitative management of patients who survive serious COVID-19 illness.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Cite emerging data on the long-term sequelae after COVID-19; and
  • Describe preliminary evidence on the trajectory of functional recovery after hospitalisation for COVID-19.

CanMEDs Competencies addressed: