Long-term health related quality of life in patients with sepsis after intensive care stay: A systematic review

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Sepsis is a major health care issue and sepsis survivors are often confronted with long-term complications after admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) which may negatively influence their health related quality of life (HRQOL). This study aimed to systematically evaluate the outcome in terms of HRQOL in patients with sepsis after ICU discharge. A literature search was conducted in the bibliographic databases PubMed, EMBASE, and CINAHL, including reference lists of published guidelines, reviews and associated articles. Sixteen studies were included, thirteen (81.3%) reported that sepsis survivors suffer from impaired HRQOL in physical and mental domains which persist from months to years after a sepsis episode. More focus on improving long-term outcomes for patients surviving sepsis and the ICU is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-169
Number of pages6
JournalAcute Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Health related quality of life (HRQOL)
  • Intensive care
  • Mortality
  • Sepsis

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