Rehabilitation as a citizen’s health right

Rehabilitación en Costa Rica

After severe COVID-19 disease, many people will experience a variety of difficulties returning to (what in some cases used to be) their normal functioning in daily life.

Many people who have suffered from the effects of this disease are now entering the “day after” COVID-19 phase. Many people are in different stages of the recovery, and some might now be at risk of long-term impairment and disability.

The extent of this impairment and disability is possibly still unknown, but it is clear from early research that these people will require rehabilitation support (continuous and long-term) to overcome their situation.

According to the World Health Organization, rehabilitation is defined as “a set of interventions designed to reduce disability and optimize functioning in individuals with health conditions in interaction with their environment.”

The principles of and evidence on rehabilitation should enable an effective recovery.

The large number of COVID-19 patients needing rehabilitation coupled with the backlog remaining from the crisis challenge the local authorities to underpin current rehab services and configurate the ones still not available.

That is why we call out to the local authorities to consider private rehabilitation centers might very well be key partners to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the health of our affected population and their productive reinsertion.

Physiotherapy clinics are essential to these rehabilitation efforts in people of all ages, facilitating early discharge, but even more to support patients and empower their life after recovery.