Barriers and Facilitators Toward In-Hospital Patients’ Mobility: The Walk-For Study

A Zisberg, M Agmon, E Gil, D Rand, E Azaiza, M Azriel

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Although mobility during hospitalization prevents functional decline, medical teams’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors may pose barriers toward its promotion. To describe these barriers and facilitators toward in-hospital mobility among physicians, nurses, physical-therapists (PT), and nurse assistants (NA) we conducted 10 in-depth interviews, and administered surveys among 90 medical team members of two internal medical units in Israel. Mixed methods analyses reveal a complex, multi-faceted and paradoxical picture of organizational and personal factors: fear of falls overshadowed every positive attitude toward mobility. Nonetheless, PTs and NAs express the most positive attitudes toward mobility compared with physicians and nurses. Moreover, while family members were not considered as potential collaborators in mobility assistance, NAs demonstrated desire to learn and take more responsibilities toward patients’ mobility. To conclude, identifying barriers and facilitators toward mobility may help in designing and adopting effective interventions to promote patients’ mobility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652
Number of pages1
JournalInnovation in Aging
Issue numberSuppl 1
StatePublished - 2017
Event21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress - Moscone West San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 23 Jul 201727 Jul 2017


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