To explore the perceptions and experiences of barriers and facilitators to accessing Long COVID community rehabilitation. We used a qualitative descriptive design over two rounds of data collection with three participant groups: i) people with experience of rehabilitation for Long COVID (PwLC), ii) NHS staff delivering and/or managing community rehabilitation services (allied health professionals (AHPs)), and iii) NHS staff involved in strategic planning around Long COVID in their health board (Long COVID leads). Four NHS Scotland territorial health boards. 51 interviews were undertaken, eight Long COVID leads (11 interviews), 15 AHPs (25 interviews), and 15 PwLC (15 interviews). Three key themes were identified: i) Accessing care for PwLC, ii) Understanding Long COVID and its management, and iii) Strengths and limitations of existing Long COVID rehabilitation services. Organisational delivery of Long COVID community rehabilitation is complex and presents multiple challenges. In addition, access to Long COVID community rehabilitation can be challenging. When accessed, these services are valued by PwLC but require adequate planning, publicity, and resource. The findings presented here can be used by those developing and delivering services for people with Long COVID.

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Duncan, E., Alexander, L., Cowie, J., Morris, J., Moss, R., Preston, J., Shim, J., Stage, E., Tooman, T. & Cooper, K. 2023, 'Perceptions and experiences of different Long COVID community rehabilitation service models from the perspectives of people living with Long COVID and healthcare professionals [pre-print]'. To be published in medRxiv [Preprint]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.08.23.23293876

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