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About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about the rehabilitation of adults who have stayed in critical care that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 83.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are an adult who, as a result of critical illness, has stayed in critical care and need rehabilitation.

No, if you are:

  • an adult who is having treatment for symptoms and pain in the final stages of a terminal illness

  • an adult whose rehabilitation needs are already routinely assessed and delivered as part of your care, for example, if you have a brief stay in a critical care unit for immediate postoperative care after major elective surgery, or if you have a condition for which published guidelines already exist – such as head injury, heart attack and stroke.

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