Neurorehabilitation for cognitive impairment after cardiac arrest: A randomised controlled trial.

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More than 30,000 Australians suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) every year. 

The lack of blood flow to brain cells during cardiac arrest may result in brain injury leading to persistent neurological deficits and poor functional outcomes. 

Improvements in the emergency response and hospital care mean the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest in Australia have significantly increased over the last decade. However, many survivors experience significant disabilities, with approximately 50% demonstrating persistent cognitive impairments. 

With more Australians surviving such events, it is imperative that evidence-based neurocognitive interventions are developed to improve cognitive functioning, functional outcomes and quality of life in cardiac arrest survivors. 

We have not identified any previous research examining the feasibility and effectiveness of neurocognitive interventions with cardiac arrest survivors, in spite of research showing the effectiveness of such interventions in other brain injury populations (e.g. traumatic brain injury and stroke). 

The aims of this study are to:

 1. assess the feasibility and effectiveness of computerised neurorehabilitation for cognitive impairment post cardiac arrest; and

 2. compare the cognitive outcomes of patients who receive neurorehabilitation with those who receive the usual treatment (i.e. normal clinical management).

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Dr Dion Stub

Institute: Monash University
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