Functional recovery and quality of life following cardiac arrest

Gemma Pound's research research focuses on the functional recovery, health-related quality of life and long-term follow-up of patients following cardiac arrest, and includes the following studies:

Systematic Review

The past decade has seen increased focus on long-term functional outcomes of cardiac arrest survivors. There has been widespread interest in cognitive and psychological impairments over the last decade but much less attention paid to physical limitations following cardiac arrest.  Inability to return to a previous level of physical function may have considerable impact on the ability to return to work, participate in social and leisure activities, maintain family relationships and overall quality of life.

This systematic review of published literature aims to evaluate the outcome measures used to assess long-term physical function and health related quality of life following cardiac arrest.



Gemma Pound

Multi-centre prospective cohort study – ANZ-CODE

Reported frequency of in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) in Australia and New Zealand ranges from 1.3–6.0 per 1000 admissions with an overall in-hospital mortality of 74.6%. Little is known about the long-term functional outcome and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of survivors of IHCA.

This multi-centre prospective cohort study explores the functional status, return to work and health-related quality of life of survivors of IHCA at six month. It will be the largest study of long-term outcomes following IHCA in Australia and New Zealand.

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