Improving Hospitalization Outcomes: The Transition from Observation to Intervention

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Negative functional outcomes following hospitalization are widely described; yet, the role of a variety of in-hospital processes that increase the risk for adverse hospitalization outcomes is poorly understood. The goal of this symposium is to discuss research findings from the Hospitalization Process Effects on Functional Outcomes and Recovery (HoPE-FOR) and to introduce the transition of its findings to an intervention study that focuses on improving mobility, the Walk-FOR (Functional Outcomes and Recovery) study. The first presentation will summarize the main findings from the HoPE-FOR study emphasizing the modifiable factors and barriers toward the development of future interventions to improve functional outcomes. The second presentation will describe the contribution of organizational factors such as staff skill mix and patients’ complexity to hospitalization outcomes, demonstrating how functional status of all hospitalized patients at the unit is related to individual outcomes. The following presentation will focus on a rarely described topic, disruption of patients’ routine during hospitalization and its adverse effect on hospitalization outcomes. Recommendations to take into consideration patients’ personal routine into interventions aimed at improving hospitalization outcomes will be proposed. The fourth presentation will discuss the dose-response effect of mobility on functional decline. This presentation will present a suggested cut-point for in-hospital step count. Finally, we will introduce the Walk-FOR intervention, developed in accordance with the above mentioned processes aimed to improve hospitalization outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1276-1277
Number of pages2
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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