European cooperation in geriatric rehabilitation research after COVID-19.

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Brief description

A European study on care and recovery of post-COVID-19 patients in geriatric rehabilitation.


  • Prof. Dr. Wilco Achterberg, professor of Elderly Care Medicine, LUMC
  • Prof. Adam Gordon, professor of the Care of Older People, University of Nottingham (UK)
  • Dr. Monique Caljouw, assistant professor, LUMC
  • Dr. Stefan Grund, senior researcher, Universität Heidelberg (DE)
  • Dr. Miriam Haaksma, senior researcher, LUMC
  • Lisa van Tol, MSc., PhD student, LUMC


Dr. Miriam Haaksma, senior researcher 

Participating organisations

More than 60 healthcare centers from 10 countries are already participating in the EU-COGER study. The participating countries are: the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Spain and Russia.

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Aims of the EU-COGER study

1. To gain insight into the recovery of older Covid-19 patients during and after stay at a rehabilitation department. 

2. To gain insight into the content of post-Covid-19 rehabilitation in various European countries: What treatment strategies are used? Which professionals are involved? 

Study results will contribute to improved post-Covid-19 rehabilitation care.

Data collection: regular care data

Data will be collected at 4 timepoints: at admission, at discharge, at 6 weeks and 6 months after discharge from the rehabilitation department. Only information that is readily available from regular care practice will be collected. No additional questionnaires or tests need to be performed. Data collection includes medical history, symptoms, functional status (at admission and after discharge), quality of life, length of stay, etc. 

What does study participation entail? 

Each participating rehabilitation department appoints a local study coordinator. This coordinator is responsible for entering the data in the online database (Castor). This will take approximately 20 minutes per post-Covid client. Follow-up questionnaires (6 weeks and 6 months after discharge) will be conducted by telephone.           

Study update

Number of patients (N) included per country on October 20, 2021 

The study started in October 2020 and inclusion of new patients will continue until October 1, 2021. After that date we will continue to follow all included patients up to 6 months past discharge from geriatric rehabilitation.

In collaboration with

The Special Interest Group (SIG) for geriatric rehabilitation of the European Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS). 


  • ZonMw
  • Leiden University Fund 


Factsheet EU-COGER update December 2021
Factsheet EU-COGER update May 2021
Factsheet EU-COGER first 100 inclusions Jan 2021


Grund, S., Caljouw, M.A.A., Haaksma, M.L. et al. Pan-European Study on Functional and Medical Recovery and Geriatric Rehabilitation Services of Post-COVID-19 Patients: Protocol of the EU-COGER Study”. J Nutr Health Aging (2021).


Presentation about EU-COGER