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Table 3 Respiratory, neurological and cardiovascular patients Changes in SF-36 scores from 6 months to 2 years after ICU discharge for different ICU admission categories (paired t-tests).

From: Changes in health-related quality of life from 6 months to 2 years after discharge from intensive care

  n= GH PF RP RE SF BP VT MH
Resp. 6 months 24 49.7 58.8 39.6 65.3 57.5 63.0 47.1 73.7
Resp. 2 years 24 52.9 64.2 46.9 55.5 68.3 63.0 52.9 70.5
Difference 2 years – 6 months (95% CI) + 3. 2
(- 3.1 to 9.4)
+ 5.4
(- 2.6 to 13.5)
+ 7.3
(- 9.6 to 24.2)
- 9.8
(- 26.0 to 6.5)
+ 10.9
(1.1 to 20.6)
0.0
(- 12.8 to 12.8)
+ 5.8
(- 5.5 to 17.2)
- 3.2
(- 10.8 to 4.4)
Neur. 6 months 25 58.4 56.6 21.0 48.0 64.8 58.8 46.4 69.6
Neur. 2 years 25 60.3 59.4 40.0 56.0 72.7 62.3 49.8 68.8
Difference 2 years – 6 months (95% CI) + 1.9
(-8.1 to 11.9)
+ 2.8
(-7.7 to 13.3)
+ 19.0
(3.2 to 34.8)
+ 8.0
(-9.4 to 25.5)
+ 7.9
(-1.6 to 17.5)
+ 3.5
(-9.3 to 16.4)
+ 3.4
(-3.4 to 10.2)
- 0.8
(-6.7 to 5.1)
Card. 6 months 18 54.6 47.5 25.0 59.2 62.0 53.5 47.8 76.0
Card. 2 years 18 48.9 45.3 26.4 59.3 68.2 51.7 52.2 75.1
Difference 2 years – 6 months (95% CI) - 5.7
(-18.6 to 7.3)
- 2.2
(-13.2 to 8.9)
+ 1.4
(-22.9 to 25.7)
+ 0.1
(-17.0 to 17.1)
+ 6.2
(-11.6 to 23.9)
- 1.8
(-18.7 to 15.2)
+ 4.4
(-3.2 to 12.1)
- 0.9
(-10.4 to 8.6)
  1. (GH general health, PF physical functioning, RP role physical, RE role emotional, SF social functioning, BP bodily pain, VT vitality, MH mental health. 0 = worst score, 100 = best score).