The objective of this study is to describe the healthcare utilization, and clinical and sociodemographic features of a cohort of 74 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients admitted to a tertiary rehabilitation hospital in Toronto, Canada. A retrospective chart review was performed using 74 charts from patients admitted to a COVID-19 rehabilitation unit between 11 April 2020 and 30 April 2021. Measures of central tendency, SDs, interquartile ranges, frequencies, and proportions were calculated to analyze clinical and sociodemographic data. A total of 74 patients were included in this study, including 33 males and 41 females. The mean age was 72.8 years, with Wave 1 patients being younger than Wave 2 patients. Sixty-six percent of total patients experienced hypertension. Mean functional independence measure score across both waves was 78 at admission and 100 at discharge. Mean length of stay was 14.6 days in Wave 1 and 18.8 days in Wave 2. This study represents some of the first data on the characteristics and outcomes of COVID-19 patients admitted to inpatient rehabilitation in Toronto, Canada across the initial waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Wasilewski, M., Szigeti, Z., Simpson, R., Minezes, J., Mayo, A., Robinson, L., Lung, M. & Hitzig, S. 2023, 'Characteristics and healthcare utilization of COVID-19 rehabilitation patients during the first and second waves of the pandemic in Toronto, Canada', International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 46(3), pp. 258-263. https://doi.org/10.1097/MRR.0000000000000592

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