Physical rehabilitation for patients with critical illness myopathy and neuropathy: effects are uncertain

Added April 10, 2020

Citation: Mehrholz J, Pohl M, Kugler J, et al. Physical rehabilitation for critical illness myopathy and neuropathy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015; (3): CD010942

What is this? Some patients with COVID-19 will become critically ill and need treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU). Critical illness myopathy (CIM) and polyneuropathy (CIP) weakness are common in ICU patients and physical rehabilitation may be used to try to improve their activities of daily living when they leave the ICU.

In this Cochrane systematic review, the authors searched for randomized and quasi-randomized trials of the effects of physical rehabilitation for people with CIP/CIM on activities of daily living, such as walking, bathing, dressing and eating. They did not restrict their search by date, type or language of publication and did it in July 2014. They did not identify any eligible studies.

What works/What was found: Nothing noted.

What doesn’t work: Nothing noted.

What’s uncertain: The lack of eligible studies means that the effectiveness of physical rehabilitation for patients with critical illness myopathy or polyneuropathy is uncertain.


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