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Home rehabilitation after critical illness 'no effect'

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An eight-week rehabilitation at home programme for patients recovering from critical illness was found to have no effect on the rate of improvement, according to researchers.

A randomised trial of 195 patients in Australia assessed physical ability after a support programme involving a series of home visits and follow-up phone calls, supported by a printed exercise manual.

Those assessed had all been in intensive care for at least 48 hours and had been on ventilators for at least a day.

The programme did not increase the underlying rate of recovery compared with a control group.

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  • Was it more cost effective? Did it have any adverse effects on the recovery time?

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