Factors related to the mobility of hospitalized older adults: A prospective cohort study

Anna Zisberg, Anat Syn-Hershko

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A low ambulation rate is common even among acutely ill hospitalized older adults. This prospective observational study conducted among 769 older adults (≥70) hospitalized in acute-care units tested the relationship of satisfaction with hospital environment, sleep-medication consumption, and in-hospital caloric intake to mobility levels during hospitalization on 3 consecutive hospitalization days. Approximately 20% of the patients did not walk, 30% walked only in their room, and 50% mobilized outside their room. A multinomial-logistic regression, controlling for potential intervening factors, showed that sleep-medication avoidance (AOR = 1.99; p < 0.01) and higher caloric intake (AOR = 9.69; p < 0.001) differentiated patients walking outside the room from non-walking patients. Satisfaction with the physical environment was lower in the non-mobile group than in the other two. Results suggest that hospital environment, sleep-medication consumption, and caloric intake during hospitalization need to be addressed in attempts to improve in-hospital mobility in older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-100
Number of pages5
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016

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  • Acute hospitalization
  • Caloric intake
  • In-hospital mobility
  • Older adult
  • Physical environment
  • Sleep medication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology


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