Critical care rehabilitation trials: the importance of 'usual care'

Crit Care. 2013 Sep 5;17(5):183. doi: 10.1186/cc12884.


Denehy and colleagues conducted a novel randomized controlled trial evaluating a rehabilitation intervention starting in the ICU and continuing through the outpatient setting, with 1 year longitudinal follow-up. While the intervention did not demonstrate improved patient outcomes, this study illustrates important issues regarding 'usual care' control groups in clinical trials.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Critical Illness / rehabilitation*
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units*
  • Male
  • Quality of Life*
  • Recovery of Function / physiology*