28 Jun Early Rehabilitation Did Not Shorten Hospital Stay For ICU Patients
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Peter E. Morris, MD, FACP, FCCP
Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
University of Kentucky
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: ICU survivors demonstrate weakness. It has been postulated that interventions to promote early rehabilitation strategies might be linked to improved functional outcomes for ICU survivors.
This study was based upon findings from a quality improvement endeavor that linked early rehabilitation with indications of shortened hospital stays for ICU survivors.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: The primary endpoint for this study’s particular intervention did not show any difference in hospital length of stay between study groups (early intervention vs usual care). The secondary endpoints were split with some endpoints showing no difference between groups at 6 months while other secondary endpoints showed a difference favoring the intervention.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: This particular set of interventions did not affect hospital outcomes but should be studied carefully to build future interventions since the secondary outcomes of function and self reported quality of life were positively affected at six months.
MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Response: An increased awareness of long term outcomes for study endpoints for patients with critical illness.
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