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Exercise rehabilitation following intensive care unit discharge for recovery from critical illness (Cochrane review)

International Literature

posted by WM Admin on 2015-06-26 11:22:04.153

In this Cochrane review, the authors investigated "... the effectiveness of exercise rehabilitation programmes, initiated after ICU discharge, for functional exercise capacity and health-related quality of life in adult ICU survivors who have been mechanically ventilated longer than 24 hours".

They included six trials (483 participants), with interventions delivered on the ward (2 studies); both on the ward and in the community (1 study); and in the community (3 studies).

The authors were "... unable to determine an overall result for the effects of exercise-based interventions. Three studies reported improvement in functional exercise capacity following completion of the exercise programme, and the other three found no effects of treatment.

Only two studies measured patient-reported health-related quality of life, and both of these studies showed no effects related to treatment. Again, we were unable to reach an overall conclusion".

This article is available to read in free full text at:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD008632.pub2

Connolly B, Salisbury L, O'Neill B, Geneen L, Douiri A, Grocott MPW, Hart N, Walsh TS, Blackwood B,for the ERACIP Group. Exercise rehabilitation following intensive care unit discharge for recovery from critical illness. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 6, CD008632.