Relationship Between Muscle Function and Balance Control Following Intensive Care Unit Stay

University of Toronto, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute

Individuals who survive a critical illness can experience Intensive Care Unit acquired weakness (ICUAW) – a physical functional disability that begins in the ICU and can last for years after discharge, due to muscle and nerve damage. Weakness that persists long term worsens an individual’s quality of life, and may prevent them from being able to return to work or live independently. At the end of this study, researchers may be in a better position to propose therapies that will allow patients with weakness to gain back their muscle and strength, to ensure full functional independence and return to normal levels of activity, after resolution of their critical illness.

Your Impact

By participating in this study, we hope that we will be in a better position to propose therapies that may allow patients with weakness to regain muscle strength, which will substantially improve their quality of life.

Eligibility Criteria

Male, Female

At least 18 years old

18 years of age or over

No neurological, muscle, bone or joint conditions

No lung diseases

No heart diseases

Study Tasks

Complete basic demographic information
Strength testing of knee and ankle joints
Standing balance tests
Recall of any falls over the past 3 months


This study has been approved the Unity Health and University of Toronto's research ethics boards (REB# 18-128).



Activity and Time


Observational Study

Weekdays, Weeknights

40 minute(s) - 1 hour(s) per session

1 session(s)


$20 gift card

Study Address

500 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1V7

Posting date: Nov 7, 2019

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