Post-Cardiac Arrest Syndrome Clinical Trial
The Holistic Health Care of Post-Cardiac Arrest Survivors: From Patient's Health to Family Resilience
Post-cardiac arrest mortality remains high and proper care after cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an important clinical challenge. This prospective observational cohort aims to (1) identify the factors that affect short-term and long-term survival in post-cardiac arrest survivors and (2) investigate the patients and their families' health-related quality of life and psychological well-being.
For this cohort study, adult survivors (≧20 years) of sudden cardiac arrest for more than 5 minutes after cardiopulmonary resuscitation will be enrolled. Basic demographic information, clinical events throughout hospitalization, and laboratory examination results will be recorded. Patients will be assessed for their neurological outcome using Glasgow coma score (GCS) and cerebral performance categories (CPC) upon hospital discharge, 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after discharge. Post-cardiac arrest care is clinically challenging and this study aims to evaluate not just the physical well-being but also the psychological well-being of these patients on the short-term and long-term survival. Patients and their families will be assessed on their health-related quality of life and psychological well-being upon hospital discharge using the following scales: Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory (MPAI-4), World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale (WHOQOL-BREF), Impact of Event Scale - Revised (IES-R), and Family Resilience Framework. They will also be followed for one year after discharge at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. Data will be analyzed using the SPSS and SAS package. Odds ratios and hazards ratios will be determined for the factors that affect survival after cardiac arrest. The findings will help clinicians provide timely support to the patients and their families to promote physical and psychological well-being, and integrate them back to society as soon as possible. ;