Rehabilitation in the day-to-day of people with post-covid-19 neurological sequelae: scoping review

Jonas Felisbino*, Selma Maria da Fonseca Viegas, Wiliam César Alves Machado, Juliana Balbinot Reis Girondi, Cristina Maria Alves Marques Vieira, Adriana Dutra Tholl

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Objective: To map available scientific evidence on rehabilitation in the daily lives of people with postcovid- 19 neurological sequelae. Methodology: This is a scoping review according to the guidelines of the Joanna Briggs Institute. The included studies were based on the mnemonic strategy participants/ problem (adult people with neurological sequelae), concept (rehabilitation in everyday life) and context (covid-19 pandemic), with timeframe from 2020 to 2022, available in the seven selected databases, in Portuguese, English and Spanish, collected and analyzed according to PRISMA-ScR. Results: A total of 1,027 studies were recovered, and the sample consisted of 11 articles that presented rehabilitation programs for sequelae: fatigue, anosmia, cognitive and neuropsychological disorders. Among the main rehabilitation programs found, the following stand out: progression walking, breathing exercises; olfactory training using essential oils and cognitive approaches. From the findings, the rehabilitation process has been shown to be effective for the management of post-covid-19 neurological sequelae, and should be started early. Conclusions: Rehabilitation programs should involve a multidisciplinary team, since the disease presents persistent multisystemic symptoms, involving a holistic approach, which encompasses behavioral aspects related to self-care, physical rehabilitation, emotional support and health education, promoting recovery and improving the quality of life of individuals affected by the disease.

Translated title of the contributionReabilitação no quotidiano de pessoas com sequela neurológica pós-covid-19: scoping review
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-592
Number of pages16
JournalEnfermeria Global
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Covid-19
  • Daily activities
  • Nursing
  • Pandemic
  • Rehabilitation


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