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Adult nursing
Early rehabilitation of patients in the ICU may reduce long-term healthcare costs
  1. Mohammad Al Qadire1,
  2. Hanan Abdelrahman2
  1. 1 Faculty of Nursing, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan
  2. 2 Sultan Qaboos University College of Nursing, Muscat, Oman
  1. Correspondence to Professor Mohammad Al Qadire, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, 25113, Jordan; mohammadqadire{at}

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Commentary on: Murooka Y, Sasabuchi Y, Takazawa T, Matsui H, Yasunaga H, Saito S. Long-Term Prognosis Following Early Rehabilitation in the ICU: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Crit Care Med. 2023 Mar 29. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000005862. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • Rehabilitation programmes if introduced early after admissions to intensive care unit could be beneficial to patients and healthcare systems.

  • Prospective studies are needed to confirm the long-term impacts of early introduction of rehabilitation programmes on healthcare outcomes in terms of, quality of life and physical functions, the optimal timing, duration, and intensity of rehabilitation.


Early rehabilitation is a promising treatment for postintensive care syndrome. Studies have demonstrated the benefits of rehabilitation, such as early exercise and mobilisation, which improve short-term physical and functional outcomes and reduce intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital stay durations for critically ill patients.1 However, most studies have focused on in-hospital prognosis, and evidence for the positive effects of early …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.