Rehabilitation for patients with sepsis: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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    • Taito Shunsuke
    • Division of Rehabilitation, Department of Clinical Practice and Support, Hiroshima University Hospital
    • Banno Masahiro
    • Department of Psychiatry, Seichiryo Hospital・Department of Psychiatry, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Tsujimoto Hiraku
    • Hospital Care Research Unit, Hyogo Prefectural Amagasaki General Medical Center
    • Kataoka Yuki
    • Hospital Care Research Unit, Hyogo Prefectural Amagasaki General Medical Center・Department of Respiratory Medicine, Hyogo Prefectural Amagasaki General Medical Center
    • Tsujimoto Yasushi
    • Department of Healthcare Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University・Department of Healthcare Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University


The objective of this systematic review was to determine whether rehabilitation impacts clinically relevant outcomes among adult patients with sepsis. Randomized controlled trials from the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), PEDro, and the World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Platform Search Portal, as well as conference proceedings and reference lists of relevant articles were collected. Two reviewers independently identified randomized controlled trials on the rehabilitation of patients with sepsis, and the two reviewers independently abstracted trial level data including population characteristics, interventions, comparisons, and clinical outcomes. Our primary outcomes were quality of life (QOL), activity of daily living (ADL), and mortality. Our secondary outcomes were length of stay, return to work, muscle strength, delirium, and all adverse events. The quality of evidence was determined using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) approach. We included two trials enrolling 75 patients. The mean difference (95% confidence interval [CI]) of physical function and physical role in QOL measured by SF-36 were 21.10 (95% CI: 6.57–35.63) and 44.40 (95% CI: 22.55–66.05), respectively. Rehabilitation did not significantly decrease intensive care unit (ICU) mortality (risk ratio, 2.02 [95% CI: 0.46–8.91], I² = 0%; n = 75). ICU length of stay and hospital length of stay and muscle strength were not statistically significantly different and no adverse events were reported in both studies. The certainty of the evidence for these outcomes was "very low." Data on ADL, return to work, and delirium were not available in any of the trials. Rehabilitation of patients with sepsis might not decrease ICU mortality, but might improve QOL. Further, well-designed trials measuring important outcomes will be needed to determine the benefit and harm of rehabilitation among patients with sepsis.



    PLOS ONE 13(7), 2018-07-26

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