In-hospital mobility program proves successful for patients’ posthospital function

Decreased mobility during hospitalization for older adults is associated with increased risk of death, nursing home admission and functional decline. University of Alabama at Birmingham investigators found that patients who participated in a mobility program were less likely to experience a decline in mobility when compared to the usual care provided during hospitalization.

Patients in the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association who participated in the mobility program were able to maintain their pre-hospitalization community mobility status — their ability to get around in their community — in the month following discharge from the hospital. Those who received the usual care had a clinically significant decline in their community mobility in the month following departure from the hospital.

“It is important for patients to move around and try to do what they normally do by themselves while they are in the hospital,” said Cynthia Brown, M.D., lead author and director of the UAB Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care. “Our goal is to make sure that they leave the hospital with the same mobility as when they came in to maintain their quality of life.”

Read the full article in UAB News.

Posted: June 15, 2016