The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the lives, health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities worldwide.
As a profession we recognise the consequences and changes that are occurring in how people access and undertake their occupations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include, but not limited to; accessing resources, activities of daily living, communication, mobility, social isolation, displacement, mental health and wellbeing. Occupational therapists understand the vital need to access and use infection control measures combined with the need to sustain good psychological, mental health and stamina in order to stay safe and healthy.
Occupational therapists will be working with people to develop strategies to facilitate continued access to their occupations, these will include, but not limited to; individual, family, community, social and environmental adaptation, mental health1, assistive technology2 and telehealth3.
WFOT has established a dedicated FREE online platform to support requests to network, share and develop resources regarding the impact of COVID-19 and its relevance to the occupational therapy profession. The forum is available on the Occupational Therapy International Online Network (OTION) which can be accessed via this link https://wfot.link/covid19
WFOT has also prepared a summarised version of this for consumers/general public about occupational therapy and the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the international organisation for the occupational therapy profession, WFOT is engaging with the World Health Organization’s meetings, briefings and strategy development.
Please note that the following information is provided by WFOT Member Organisations, Partner organisations and other organisations. WFOT is not responsible for the content of the material. Readers are directed to the authors of the documents for any questions or concerns.
Information & Resources
WFOT has additional resources to assist occupational therapists and others providing services during this pandemic. The following resources are available.
Public Statement: Occupational Therapy Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Position Statement:Occupational Therapy in Disaster Risk Reduction
Position Statement: Occupational Therapy in Disaster Preparedness and Response
Online Forum: OTION COVID-19
Online Learning Module: Disaster Management for Occupational Therapists (Free for WFOT Individual Members)
Endorsed Publication: Early Rehabilitation in Conflicts and Disasters
Endorsed Publication: Responding internationally to disasters
Endorsed Publication: Disaster and Development: an Occupational Therapy Perspective
A full list of Position Statements is available via this link https://www.wfot.org/resources/list-of-position-statements - consider Rehabilitation, Human Displacement, Assistive technology, Telehealth, Mental Health and others.
Resources for communicating with the public:
Position Statements to Assist Communicating with the public:
Member Organisation Resources
Occupational Therapy in Hospitals & Inpatient Care: Responding to a Pandemic Wednesday, April 1 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET
From Onsite to Online: Addressing Students' Needs Through a Telehealth Service Delivery Model (For School Systems) Thursday, April 2 1:30–3 p.m. ET
Partner Organisation Resources
Global Rehabilitation Alliance
United Nations Economic and Social Council
World Health Organization
Health and Safety of health workers in COVID-19 Survey - Available in English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili
Social stigma associated with COVID-19 (Powerpoint presentation)
Other Organisations Resources
Australian Physiotherapy Association
Brazilian Journal of Occupational Therapy
General Council of Occupational Therapy Colleges (CGCTO)
Fonoaudiologia y Terapia Ocupacional - Sodiedad Chilena de Medicina Intensiva
Hammell, Karen Whalley
Inter-Agency Standing Committee
My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19 (available in English, Ukrainian, Malay, Arabic, Spanish, German, Turkish, Danish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian)
International Disability Alliance
Taylor and Francis
The Taylor and Francis microsite at www.taylorandfrancis.com/coronavirus consolidates journal and book resources related to the COVID 19 Pandemic. The site is updated based on daily keyword scans of articles in production to ensure that all COVID-19 research is available free at the point of publication.
Boldrini, P., Kiekens, C., Bargellesi, S., Brianti, R., Galeri, S., Lucca, L.F., Montis, A., Posteraro, F., Scarponi, F., Straudi, S., Negrini, S. First Impact on services and their preparation. "Instant paper from the field" on rehabilitation answers to the COVID-19 emergency. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020. Available from: doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.20.06303-0
Ceravolo, M.G., De Sire, A., Andrenelli, E., Negrini, F., Negrini, S. Systematic Rapid Living Review on Rehabilitation Needs due to COVID-19: Update to March 31st 2020. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020. Available from: doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.20.06329-7
Kiekens, C., Boldrini, P., Andreoli, A., Avesani, R., Gamna, F., Grandi, M., Lombardi, F., Lusuardi, M., Molteni, F., Perboni, A., Negrini, S. Rehabilitation and Respiratory management in the acute and early post-acute phase. "Instant Paper fro the Field" on rehabilation answers to the COVID-19 emergency.
Negrini, S., Ferriero, G., Kiekens, C., Boldrini, P. Facing in real time the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic for rehabilitation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020. Available from: doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.20.06286-3
Negrini, S., Kiekens, C., Bernetti, A., Capecci, M., Ceravolo, M.G., Lavezzi, S., Zampolini, M., Boldrini, P. Telemedicine from research to practice during the pandemic. “Instant paper from the field” on rehabilitation answers to the Covid-19 emergency. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020. Available from: doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.20.06331-5