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Optimising the effect of early mobilisation and rehabilitation in critically ill patients

posted on 30.06.2020, 22:03 by CLAIRE JESSIE TIPPING
Many patients following an intensive care unit stay have poor long-term function and quality of life. This thesis aimed to optimise early mobilisation and rehabilitation provided during the intensive care unit (ICU) stay to improve long-term outcomes. The research found that frailty pre-admission and muscle weakness occurring during ICU were significantly associated with poor long-term outcomes. Early mobilisation provided during ICU improves muscle strength, walking ability and number of days at home in 6 months following admission. This research encourages screening for frailty to determine patients at risk of a poor outcome and commencing mobilisation within ICU.


Principal supervisor

Carol Lynette Hodgson

Additional supervisor 1

Professor Anne Holland

Additional supervisor 2

Dr Meg Harrold

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Additional Institution or Organisation

Alfred hospital

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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