The Swiss containment strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic during the first wave in spring 2020 resulted in a moratorium on non-urgent physiotherapy via regular direct patient contact. Consequently, such physiotherapy sessions declined by 84%. This study investigates the impact of this moratorium on the use of digital remote physiotherapy in Switzerland during this period and the perceptions of its use by Swiss physiotherapists (PTs).
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Marco Barbero, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland
Willem De Hertogh, University of Antwerpen, Belgium
Andrea Turolla, IRCCS Fondazione Ospedale San Camillo, Italy
Andrew A. Guccione, Mason University, USA
Anne Wilhelmina Saskia Rutjes, University of Bern, Switzerland
Roberto Gatti, Humanitas University, ItalyRead More
Aims and scope
Archives of Physiotherapy (formerly Italian Journal of Physiotherapy) is an open access journal disseminating research covering all aspects of physiotherapy. Featured topics include clinical trials in different areas of disability (musculoskeletal, neurological, cardio-pulmonary), diagnostic, measurement-focused, observational, prognostic and qualitative studies, as well as systematic reviews, meta-analyses and case reports. The journal also welcomes Letters to the Editor, which provide thoughtful debate on issues of concern to the physiotherapy profession and related disciplines.
The publication costs for Archives of Physiotherapy are covered by the Italian Society of Physiotherapy (Società Italiana di Fisioterapia, S.I.F.), by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (S.U.P.S.I.) and by the Italian Association of Physiotherapists (A.I.F.I.).
Marco Barbero, Editor-in-Chief
Marco Barbero received his Physical Therapy degree in 1999 from the University of Milan, Italy. He obtained a master’s degree in musculoskeletal rehabilitation at University of Genoa in 2005, and in 2016 earned his PhD at the at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Since 2012 he is Professor in Physiotherapy and Head of the Rehabilitation Research Laboratory 2rLab at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland. His research involves the integration of neurophysiological and clinical research to improve the assessment and the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in international journals. He is founder and member of the scientific committee of the Italian Society of Physiotherapy (SIF).Read more about our Editors
The Italian Society of Physiotherapy (Società Italiana di Fisioterapia, S.I.F.) was founded in Bologna, May 29, 2010, by more than 150 Italian physiotherapists with the aim to promote scientific activities within the physiotherapy field, and to encourage the dissemination of knowledge and clinical evidence-based practice. Though focused on physiotherapy, the Society is not restricted to physiotherapists but open to professionals of all disciplines who collaborate to the objective of acquiring new elements of knowledge about physiotherapy interventions and therefore share the mission of S.I.F.
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the nine professional universities recognised by the Swiss Confederation. Founded under federal law, SUPSI offers more than 30 Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree courses, characterised by cutting edge education which unites classical theoretical-scientific instruction with a professional orientation. Great care is given to research, carried out in key sectors on competitively acquired projects with large European and national agencies or mandated by organisations and institutions.
Founded in 1959, the Italian Association of Physiotherapists (Associazione Italiana Fisioterapisti - AIFI) is the representative organization of the physiotherapy profession at the Ministry of Health of the Italian Government and the Italian member organization of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. With about 9.000 physiotherapists working in 19 Italian regional areas, AIFI operates as a non-profit organization to promote the role of physiotherapy in improving health and wellbeing, through encouraging high standards of physiotherapy practice, education and research, facilitating communication and information exchange, and collaborating with national and international organizations.
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