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Testing A Home Based Rehabilitation Program For Survivors Of A Critical Illness: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Project Member(s): Elliott, D., Elliott, R.

Funding or Partner Organisation: National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC Program Grants)

Start year: 2005

Summary: The aim of the research is to evaluate whether a home-based, individually tailored physical rehabilitation program can improve physical and psychological recovery for survivors of a critical illness. Participants will be randomised into intervention or usual care groups with three hospitals as recruitment base. The 8 weeks program includes prescribed training of lower limb exercises, walking, and upper limd exercises, with the goal of improved physical strength and endurance at study end-point of 26 weeks.


Aitken, LM, Burmeister, E, McKinley, SM, Alison, JA, King, MT, Leslie, G & Elliott, D 2015, 'Physical recovery in intensive care unit survivors: a cohort analysis', American Journal of Critical Care, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 33-39.
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Chan, K, Pfoh, E, Denehy, L, Elliott, D, Holland, A, Dinglas, V & Needham, D 2015, 'Construct validity and minimal important difference of 6-minute walk distance in survivors of acute respiratory failure', Chest, vol. 147, no. 5, pp. 1316-1326.
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Alison, JA, Kenny, PM, King, MT, McKinley, SM, Aitken, LM, Leslie, G & Elliott, D 2012, 'Repeatability of the six-minute walk test and relation to physical function in survivors of a critical illness', Physical Therapy, vol. 92, no. 12, pp. 1556-1563.
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McKinley, SM, Aitken, LM, Alison, JA, King, MT, Leslie, G, Burmeister, E & Elliott, D 2012, 'Sleep and other factors associated with mental health and psychological distress after intensive care for critical illness.', Intensive Care Medicine, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 627-633.
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FOR Codes: Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative), Health Promotion, Health status (e.g. indicators of well-being), Evaluation of health outcomes, Nursing