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Patient outcomes after hospitalisation with COVID-19 and implications for follow-up: results from a prospective UK cohort

Arnold, David T., Hamilton, Fergus W., Milne, Alice, Morley, Anna J., Viner, Jason, Attwood, Marie, Noel, Alan, Gunning, Samuel, Hatrick, Jessica, Hamilton, Sassa, Elvers, Karen T., Hyams, Catherine, Bibby, Anna, Moran, Ed, Adamali, Huzaifa I., Dodd, James William, Maskell, Nicholas A. and Barratt, Shaney L. 2021. Patient outcomes after hospitalisation with COVID-19 and implications for follow-up: results from a prospective UK cohort. Thorax 76 (4) , pp. 399-401. 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-216086

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Abstract

The longer-term consequences of SARS-CoV-2 infection are uncertain. Consecutive patients hospitalised with COVID-19 were prospectively recruited to this observational study (n=163). At 8–12 weeks postadmission, survivors were invited to a systematic clinical follow-up. Of 131 participants, 110 attended the follow-up clinic. Most (74%) had persistent symptoms (notably breathlessness and excessive fatigue) and limitations in reported physical ability. However, clinically significant abnormalities in chest radiograph, exercise tests, blood tests and spirometry were less frequent (35%), especially in patients not requiring supplementary oxygen during their acute infection (7%). Results suggest that a holistic approach focusing on rehabilitation and general well-being is paramount.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0040-6376
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 August 2021
Date of Acceptance: 5 October 2020
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2021 14:00
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/143161

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