Pan-European Study on Functional and Medical Recovery and Geriatric Rehabilitation Services of Post-COVID-19 Patients: Protocol of the EU-COGER Study"

S. Grund*, M.A.A. Caljouw, M.L. Haaksma, A.L. Gordon, R. van Balen, J.M. Bauer, J.M.G.A. Schols, W.P. Achterberg, C. Becker, A.S. Stuck, S. Bachmann, M. Petrovic, N. Runikhina, COGER-Study Subgroup of the EUGMS-SIG on GR

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Objectives There is insufficient knowledge about the functional and medical recovery of older people infected with SARS-CoV-2. This study aims to gain insight into the course of functional and medical recovery of persons who receive geriatric rehabilitation (GR) following SARS-CoV-2 infection across Europe. Special attention will be paid to the recovery of activities of daily living (ADL) and to the GR services offered to these patients. Design A multi-center observational cohort study. Setting and participants This study will include several European countries (EuGMS member states) each providing at least 52 comparable routine datasets (core dataset) of persons recovering from a SARS-CoV-2 infection and receiving geriatric rehabilitation. The routine data will be anonymously collected in an online CASTOR database. The ethical regulations of each participating country will be followed. Primary outcome ADL functioning. Secondary outcomes Length of stay, discharge destination, hospital readmission and mortality. Other variables that will be collected are quality of life, treatment modalities, complications, cognition, frailty, mood/anxiety, BMI, nutrition and pain. All variables will be reported at admission and compared with follow-up scores (discharge, 6 weeks and 6 months follow-up). Conclusion This study will explore the effect of geriatric rehabilitation on post-COVID-19 patients, especially on ADL recovery, and the variety of geriatric rehabilitation services across Europe. Information from this study may help improve recovery of older persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 and improve geriatric rehabilitation services in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)668-674
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition Health & Aging
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021


  • COVID-19
  • older persons
  • post-acute
  • geriatric rehabilitation
  • ADL functioning

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