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Will he get back to normal? survival and functional status after intensive care therapy

Gardner, Anne and Sibthorpe, Beverly 2002, Will he get back to normal? survival and functional status after intensive care therapy, Intensive and critical care nursing, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 138-145, doi: 10.1016/S0964-3397(02)00002-2.

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Title Will he get back to normal? survival and functional status after intensive care therapy
Author(s) Gardner, Anne
Sibthorpe, Beverly
Journal name Intensive and critical care nursing
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 138
End page 145
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2002-06
ISSN 0964-3397
1532-4036
Summary The study aim was to address healthcare workers’ and patients’ questions about the likely level of recovery at 6 months of patients admitted to an Australian intensive care unit (ICU). Ninety-three consecutive, eligible adults were identified and followed prospectively. Severity of illness on admission was assessed using Acute Physiological and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE II), while functional status at 6 months was evaluated using the Sickness Impact Profile (SIP). Cumulative mortality was 25%. Admission severity of illness was associated with survival at 6 months (P≤0.001). Fifty-one (78%) of the 70 survivors were interviewed. Admission severity of illness scores correlated with functional status at 6 months (r=0.34, P=0.01), a finding reported in only one other study. More than half of those interviewed had returned to near pre-admission functional status. Those with poor functional status included high proportions of people with chronic illness and head injury. Overall, physical recovery was more complete than psychosocial recovery. The findings provide useful information for addressing questions relating to physical and psychosocial recovery, appetite, sleep patterns and return to work post discharge.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0964-3397(02)00002-2
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Elsevier Science Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004248

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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