Evaluation of an exercise rehabilitation program for patients who survive a stay in the intensive care unit

Grant number: 454717 | Funding period: 2007 - 2011



Intensive care medicine has improved survival in critically ill patients. However, international literature reports poor quality of life and physical outcomes in ICU survivors compared to people of the same age. In addition, patients who require a prolonged ICU stay consume a large amount of resources. This project is testing whether an early ICU physiotherapist-directed exercise rehabilitation program continuing until after hospital discharge will improve patient's quality of life, physical function and decrease the use of health resources compared with patients' receiving standard care. Patients in the rehabilitation group will take part in a physiotherapy exercise rehabilitation program i..

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