SAH | Rehabilitation of Patients After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

SAH research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The study's main objective will be to assess which effect early initiated rehabilitation has on the frequency of complications and the level of physical and cognitive functioning after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). To this end the following aspects will be investigated: The frequency of complications (with special emphasis on pulmonary complications,thromboembolic events, cerebral vasospasm, unintended discontinuation of drains and lines) - Length of stay in hospitals and socio-economic impact - Physical and cognitive function in the early and chronic phase after SAH - Health-related quality of life and participation in society in the chronic phase

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - All patients admitted to the intermediate unit at OUS in 2011 and 2012 with aneurysmal SAH and repaired aneurysm will be invited to participate in this study. Exclusion Criteria: - Unsecured ruptured aneurysm, - Symptomatic aneurysm without rupture - Previous SAH or brain injury, diagnosis of a neurodegenerative disorder - Patients from other health regions or tourists - Patients that were treated at the intensive care unit (ICU )only.

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Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Other:Early multidisciplinary rehabilitationMultidisciplinary rehabilitation consist of individualized stimulation and mobilisation. The multidisciplinary team consists of a physician, a nurse, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist and a clinical neuropsychologist.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Mobilisation of patients after SAHPatients which were treated after SAH in 2012 will receive early multidisciplinary rehabilitation consist of individualized stimulation and mobilisation. Mobilisation will be initiated and completed according to mobilisations guidelines which are developed and adjusted to the patients in early stage after aneurysmal SAH.

Patients after SAH from 2011Patients after SAH from 2011 which did not receive early rehabilitation and mobilisation will be followed up 3-6 annd 12 months after SAH and outcome measures compared with patients from 2011.

Study Status


Start Date: January 1, 2012

Completed Date: December 20, 2015

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)

Secondary Outcome: Glasgow Outcome Scale Extended (GOSE)

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Tanja Karic, MD

Lead Sponsor: Oslo University Hospital


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