WCPT E-Update - March 2020

WCPT Eupdate

WCPT E-Update - March 2020


WCPT is dedicating this issue of the E-Update to COVID-19. Below you will find links to resources and information we have collated.

Each country/territory will have its own response to COVID-19. Please defer to information from your national physiotherapy association, government, or infection control body. If you do not have these organisations or structures in your country/territory, please defer to WHO guidelines. 

You will find information about clinical practice, infection prevention and control, policy and ethical issues in the links below. 

WCPT has a page on its website with information and resources about COVID-19. This page is updated regularly: www.wcpt.org/news/Novel-Coronavirus-2019-nCoV

WHO: information and resources

The World Health Organization (WHO) has several resources on its website which are updated regularly. 

·       Rolling updates

·       Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected. Interim guidance  

·       Daily situation updates 

·       Advice about mass gatherings of people 

·       Advice for the public 

·       Online training courses (available in several languages) 

·       Guidance on rights, roles and responsibilities 

·       Technical guidance on specific practices 

·       Guidance about using a face mask

WCPT member organisations: information and resources

The WCPT member organisations listed below have published information about COVID-19. This list will be updated regularly on the WCPT website.

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

French National Council of Physiotherapists

·       Questions fréquentes des kinésithérapeutes/Frequently asked questions

·       Réserve sanitaire/Register to be part of healthcare reserve

Italian Association of Physiotherapists

Physiotherapy New Zealand

Consejo General de Colegios de Fisioterapeutas de Espana

Taiwan Physical Therapy Association

·       Video: relaxation and respiratory exercises

·       Video: exercises to boost the immune system

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

American Physical Therapy Association

If you are a WCPT member organisation and have open access resources you would like to share, please contact communications@wcpt.org.

Just published! Report on digital physical therapy practice

The WCPT executive board has published a report setting out the future of digital physical therapy practice. 

The report, jointly produced by WCPT and the International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities (INPTRA), recognises the development and implementation of digital physical therapy practice and sets out key considerations and recommendations to ensure the global physical therapy profession is able to maximize the opportunities that digital practice offers.

Jonathon Kruger, WCPT chief executive officer, said: ‘This is a timely report that will help our member organisations and their individual members. Many physical therapists are grappling with the complexity of COVID-19 and the challenges of working in a digital space. This report clearly articulates the issues physical therapists will need to consider as they shift to working virtually to provide telehealth for people in need.'

Read the article: http://bit.ly/2Qv7NXD
Download the report: http://bit.ly/2U0kPyu

Personal protective equipment for health workers

Global health organisations are calling for healthcare workers to be given adequate protection.

WCPT has issued a joint press release with the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) calling on governments and healthcare organisations to support front line healthcare workers in any way they can, but especially and urgently through the supply of crucial personal protective equipment (PPE). They are also asking to ensure that staff are getting adequate breaks during their shifts, and time off between shifts, to be able to carry on in what could be a long-term global crisis: www.wcpt.org/node/30125

WHO is also calling on industry and governments to increase manufacturing by 40 per cent to meet rising global demand to address the shortage of PPE, which is endangering health workers worldwide. WHO has warned that severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of PPE – caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse – is putting lives at risk from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. http://bit.ly/2U15TA4

Physiopedia: free online COVID-19 course

To contribute towards the global effort to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Physiopedia is providing a free online programme of courses on its online learning platform at Physioplus.

The aim of these courses is to provide a practicing physiotherapist/physical therapist with the knowledge, practices and skills to allow them to play a proactive role in global and local efforts to reduce the impact of COVID-19.

Find out more: www.physiospot.com/physiopedia/covid-19-update-free-online-course/

Postponed and cancelled events

Due to the fast-evolving global situation created by the spread of COVID-19 a number of our regions and member organisations have had to make some quick and hard decisions to cancel or postpone events.

A page has been set up on the WCPT website giving updates about events we know have been cancelled or postponed. If your organisation has cancelled or postponed an event and would like details included here, please contact communications@wcpt.org.


Additional resources

Physiotherapists may find these additional open access resources helpful.

The Lancet: to assist health workers and researchers working under challenging conditions to bring this outbreak to a close, The Lancet has created a Coronavirus Resource Centre. This resource brings together content about COVID-19 from across The Lancet journals as it is published.

Cochrane: a Special Collection: Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care has been released, it is available in English, Farsi,  French, Japanese and Spanish. News item is also available in German and Polish. 


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