Connolly, Bronwen, Salisbury, Lisa, O'Neill, Brenda, Geneen, Louise, Douiri, Abdel, Grocott, Michael, Hart, Nicholas, Walsh, Timothy S. and Blackwood, Bronagh
Exercise rehabilitation following intensive care unit discharge for recovery from critical illness
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 6, . (doi:10.1002/14651858.CD008632.pub2). (PMID:26098746).
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At this time, we are unable to determine an overall effect on functional exercise capacity, or on health-related quality of life, of an exercise-based intervention initiated after ICU discharge for survivors of critical illness. Meta-analysis of findings was not appropriate because the number of studies and the quantity of data were insufficient. Individual study findings were inconsistent. Some studies reported a beneficial effect of the intervention on functional exercise capacity, and others did not. No effect on health-related quality of life was reported. Methodological rigour was lacking across several domains, influencing the quality of the evidence. Wide variability was noted in the characteristics of interventions, outcome measures and associated metrics and data reporting.If further trials are identified, we may be able to determine the effects of exercise-based intervention following ICU discharge on functional exercise capacity and health-related quality of life among survivors of critical illness.
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