Journal article

Exercise rehabilitation for patients with critical illness: a randomized controlled trial with 12 months of follow-up

Linda Denehy, Elizabeth H Skinner, Lara Edbrooke, Kimberley Haines, Stephen Warrillow, Graeme Hawthorne, Karla Gough, Steven Vander Hoorn, Meg E Morris, Sue Berney

CRITICAL CARE | BMC | Published : 2013

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this trial was to investigate the effectiveness of an exercise rehabilitation program commencing during ICU admission and continuing into the outpatient setting compared with usual care on physical function and health-related quality of life in ICU survivors. METHODS: We conducted a single-center, assessor-blinded, randomized controlled trial. One hundred and fifty participants were stratified and randomized to receive usual care or intervention if they were in the ICU for 5 days or more and had no permanent neurological insult. The intervention group received intensive exercises in the ICU and the ward and as outpatients. Participants were assessed at recruitmen..

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