COVID-19 pandemic - Information and Resources for Occupational Therapists

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the lives, health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities worldwide.

As a profession we recognise the consequences and changes that are occurring in how people access and undertake their occupations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include, but not limited to; accessing resources, activities of daily living, communication, mobility, social isolation, displacement, mental health and wellbeing. Occupational therapists understand the vital need to access and use infection control measures combined with the need to sustain good psychological, mental health and stamina in order to stay safe and healthy.

Occupational therapists will be working with people to develop strategies to facilitate continued access to their occupations, these will include, but not limited to; individual, family, community, social and environmental adaptation, mental health1, assistive technology2 and telehealth3.

WFOT has established a dedicated FREE online platform to support requests to network, share and develop resources regarding the impact of COVID-19 and its relevance to the occupational therapy profession. The forum is available on the Occupational Therapy International Online Network (OTION) which can be accessed via this link

WFOT has also prepared a summarised version of this for consumers/general public about occupational therapy and the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the international organisation for the occupational therapy profession, WFOT is engaging with the World Health Organization’s meetings, briefings and strategy development.


1 Position Statement – Occupational Therapy and Mental Health

2 Position Statement – Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology

3 Position Statement – Occupational Therapy and Telehealth

Please note that the following information is provided by WFOT Member Organisations, Partner organisations and other organisations. WFOT is not responsible for the content of the material. Readers are directed to the authors of the documents for any questions or concerns.

Information & Resources

WFOT has additional resources to assist occupational therapists and others providing services during this pandemic. The following resources are available.

Public Statement: Occupational therapy and rehabilitation of people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Public Statement: COVID-19 and WFOT Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists

Public Statement: Occupational Therapy Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Position Statement:Occupational Therapy in Disaster Risk Reduction

Position Statement: Occupational Therapy in Disaster Preparedness and Response

Publication: WFOT Guide for Occupational Therapy First Responders to Disasters and Trauma

Online Forum: OTION COVID-19

Online Learning Module: Disaster Management for Occupational Therapists (Free for WFOT Individual Members)

Endorsed Publication: Early Rehabilitation in Conflicts and Disasters

Endorsed Publication: Responding internationally to disasters

Endorsed Publication: Disaster and Development: an Occupational Therapy Perspective

A full list of Position Statements is available via this link - consider Rehabilitation, Human Displacement, Assistive technology, Telehealth, Mental Health and others.

Resources for communicating with the public:

Writing Press Releases

Position Statements to Assist Communicating with the public:

Use of Social Media

Activities of Daily Living

Human Displacement

Occupational Therapy and Mental Health

Argentina - Asociacion Argentina de Terapistas Ocupacionales

Escudo Facial Sochimi Compressed

Consejos para cuidarnos esta cuarentena (poster)

Consejos para cuidarnos esta cuarentena (video)

Adolescentes en cuarentena (video)

Recomendaciones para cuidarnos en esta cuarentena (video)

Algunas Ideas para la primer infancia (video)

Recomendaciones psicologicas para afrontar la pandemia (video)

Australia - Occupational Therapy Australia

COVID-19 Resources

OT Guide COVID Poster (English)

OT Guide COVID (English)

The New Normal: Navigating everyday life during COVID-19

Brazil - Associacao Brasileira dos Terapeutas Ocupacionais (ABRATO)

ABRATO Communication about the Pandemic Coronavirus - COVID-19

Statement from ABRATO about COVID-19

ABRATO Statement about the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health No. 639, of April 2, 2020 Ordinance on the Strategic Action "Brazil is Counting with Me - Health Professionals"

Federal Council of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy: Resolution n. 516, 2020-03-20. Teleconsultation, Telemonitoring and Teleconsulting

Canada - Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Practice Support for Occupational Therapists COVID 19

CAOT COVID-19 Resources

Chile - Colegio de Terapeutas Ocupacionales de Chile

Cuaderrno de Actividades de Rahabilitacion COVID-19

Escudo Facial

Telehealth and Occupational Therapy

Manejo de Terapia Ocupacional del Paciente Ambulatorio COVID-19

Impreso COVID-19

Guía de Posicionamiento Prono

Guía de Posicionamiento Prono (triptico)

Guía de Cuidados en el Hogar para Personas con COVID-19

Seguimiento Prono UPC

Colombia - Colegio Colombiano de Terapia Ocupacional

Carta en Rechazo a Convalidaciones

Consejos para tiempos de cuarentena 1

Consejos para tiempos de cuarentena 2

Consejos para ocupar en casa

Procura mantener un equilibrio ocupacional en esta emergencia sanitaria

Aportes a la constuccion de habitos y rutinas ena las transiciones ocupacionales

Informate antes de informar

Pronunciamiento del Colegio Colombiano de Terapia Ocupacional frente a la emergencia por COVID-19

Tele-Terapia Ocupacional 1

Tele-Terapia Ocupacional 2

COTEC - Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries

OT Guide COVID (French)

Croatia - Hrvatska udruga radnih terapeuta

COVID 19 related document 1

COVID 19 related document 2

France - Association Nationale Francaise des Ergotherapeutes

Comment s'occuper quand on est confiné

OT Guide COVID (French)

Ergothérapie post COVID - Recommandations professionnelles

Ergothérapie réa et USI covid - Recommandations professionnelles

India - All India Occupational Therapists Association

COVID-19: Revised Advisory from AIOTA

Call for Volunteers

Occupational Therapy Intervention in COVID-19

AIOTA’S Smart Clinical OT Educational Plan during COVID-19 Lock Down

AIOTA'S COVID -19 Lockdown series: e-Learning Modules - description

AIOTA'S COVID -19 series: e-Learning Modules

Ireland - Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland

AOTI COVID Resources

Italy - Associazione Italiana di Terapia Occupazionale

OT Guide COVID (Italian)

AITO COVID-19 Communication

AITO COVID-19 Resources

NEW ZEALAND - Occupational Therapy New Zealand | Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa

COVID-19 Activity Recommendation Toolkit

Philippines - Philippine Academy of Occupational Therapists

PAOT Guidelines on the Utilization of Telehealth

PAOT Interim Guidelines on the Practice of OT amidst the COVID-19 situation (updated May 2020)

PAOT Official Statement on COVID-19 Situation (17 March 2020)

Saudi Arabia - Saudi Occupational Therapy Association

OT Guide COVID (Arabic)

Slovenia - Slovenian Association of Occupational Therapists

Slovenian Association Official Statement (Slovenian)

Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Society of Occupational Therapists

SLSOT statement on the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID- 19)

OT Guide COVID (Tamil)

OT Guide COVID (Sinhalese)

United States of America - American Occupational Therapy Association

AOTA COVID 19 Update for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

COVID-19 & OT Free Webinars (available on the AOTA Store within 24 hours of the live event)

Occupational Therapy in Hospitals & Inpatient Care: Responding to a Pandemic Wednesday, April 1 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET

From Onsite to Online: Addressing Students' Needs Through a Telehealth Service Delivery Model (For School Systems) Thursday, April 2 1:30–3 p.m. ET

OT & Coronavirus

An Ethical Response to COVID-19

Practitioner Well-Being

COVID-19 & Online CE

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting: clinical practice recommendations - English, Spanish

Brazilian Journal of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy role in times of pandemic - Editorial

General Council of Occupational Therapy Colleges (CGCTO)

Executive Summary COVID-19TO Study

Fonoaudiologia y Terapia Ocupacional - Sodiedad Chilena de Medicina Intensiva

Cuaderno de Actividades de Rehabilitacion COVID-19

Hammell, Karen Whalley

Engagement in Living during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Ensuing Occupational Disruption

Inter-Agency Standing Committee

IASC Interim Briefing Note Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial (MHPSS) aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak

Supplementary Orientation Slides

Information Note on inclusion of COVID-19 MHPSS activities in humanitarian and country response plans

My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19 (available in English, Ukrainian, Malay, Arabic, Spanish, German, Turkish, Danish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian)

International Disability Alliance

Toward a Disability-Inclusive COVID19 Response: 10 recommendations from the International Disability Alliance

International Disability Alliance COVID 19 Response

McMaster University

Rehabilitation for Patients with COVID-19

Taylor and Francis

The Taylor and Francis microsite at consolidates journal and book resources related to the COVID 19 Pandemic. The site is updated based on daily keyword scans of articles in production to ensure that all COVID-19 research is available free at the point of publication.

Boldrini, P., Kiekens, C., Bargellesi, S., Brianti, R., Galeri, S., Lucca, L.F., Montis, A., Posteraro, F., Scarponi, F., Straudi, S., Negrini, S. First Impact on services and their preparation. "Instant paper from the field" on rehabilitation answers to the COVID-19 emergency. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020. Available from: doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.20.06303-0

Ceravolo, M.G., De Sire, A., Andrenelli, E., Negrini, F., Negrini, S. Systematic Rapid Living Review on Rehabilitation Needs due to COVID-19: Update to March 31st 2020. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020. Available from: doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.20.06329-7

Khan, F., Amatya B. Medical Rehabilitation in Pandemics: Towards a New Perspective. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020;20. Available from: doi: 10.2340/16501977-2676

Kiekens, C., Boldrini, P., Andreoli, A., Avesani, R., Gamna, F., Grandi, M., Lombardi, F., Lusuardi, M., Molteni, F., Perboni, A., Negrini, S. Rehabilitation and Respiratory management in the acute and early post-acute phase. "Instant Paper fro the Field" on rehabilation answers to the COVID-19 emergency.

Li, J. Effect and Enlightenment of rehabilitation medicine in COVID-19 management. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020. Available from: doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.20.06292-9

Negrini, S., Ferriero, G., Kiekens, C., Boldrini, P. Facing in real time the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic for rehabilitation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020. Available from: doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.20.06286-3

Negrini, S., Kiekens, C., Bernetti, A., Capecci, M., Ceravolo, M.G., Lavezzi, S., Zampolini, M., Boldrini, P. Telemedicine from research to practice during the pandemic. “Instant paper from the field” on rehabilitation answers to the Covid-19 emergency. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020. Available from: doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.20.06331-5

Stam, H.J., Stucki, G., Bickenbach J. COVID-19 and Post Intensive Care Syndrome: A Call for Action. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020;52(jrm00044). Available from: doi: 10.2340/16501977-2677