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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 138-141

Consensus statement on neurorehabilitation during COVID-19 times: Expert group on behalf of the Indian Federation of Neurorehabilitation (IFNR)


1 Department of Neurology, Lady Hardinge Medical College and SSK Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Centre for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabiltation, Lady Hardinge Medical College and SSK Hospital, New Delhi, India
4 Center for Neuropsychology Studies, Department of Neurology, KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
5 Department of Pediatric Orthopaedics, NH SRCC Children's Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
6 Department of Neurosurgery, Sir J J Hospital and Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
7 School of Audiology Speech and Language Pathology, Bharati Vidyapeeth (DU) Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
8 Department of Orthotics, Dhyan Health Care, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
9 Department of Physiotherapy, Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India
10 Faculty of Occupational Therapy, Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
11 Department of Neurophysiotherapy, KJ Somaiya College of Physiotherapy, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
12 Indian Federation of Neurorehabilitation, Surya Neuro Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Nirmal Surya
Indian Federation of Neurorehabilitation, 310, Lotus House 33/A New Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400 020
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_997_20

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The COVID19 pandemic in India is causing significant morbidity and disruptions of healthcare delivery. The rapidly escalating contagion is straining our public health system, which is already under pressure due to a shortage of infrastructure and inadequate workforce. Neuro rehabilitation services that are still in its infancy in our country have been significantly interrupted in the last six months. An expert group from Indian Federation of Neurorehabilitation (IFNR) have formulated the guidelines and consensus recommendations for Neurologists, Physiatrists, and Therapists managing neurological disabilities during COVID 19. The aim of this consensus paper is to sensitize the clinicians and therapists about maintaining the continuum of care and rehabilitation needs of Covid patients as well as non Covid patients with neurological disorders during the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic


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