The Walk-For Intervention Effect on Patients’ Outcomes at Discharge and 1-Month Post-Discharge

A Zisberg, Y Cohen, E Gil, Y Hait, N Gur-Yash, K Shulyaev, M Agmon

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For hospitalized older adults, every day of immobility is associated with short- and long-term functional decline. To examine the effect of WALK-FOR, in-hospital mobility program, on post-hospitalization outcomes we conducted a quasi-experimental pre-post two-group comparative study in internal-medical units. Premorbid, discharge and 1-month post-discharge basic-function and mobility were assessed in intervention (N=173) and control (N=177) groups. All participants (75.1 ± 7 years old) wore accelerometers to assess in-hospital mobility. Patients in the intervention group were encouraged to walk more than 900 steps/day and hospital-units specific challenges toward patients’ mobility were addressed. The intervention increased significantly the number of patients walking more than 900 steps/day (83.6% vs 58.7%, p<.000). In a multilevel analysis, controlling for intervening factors, the intervention group’s functional decline was significantly lower than in the control group on discharge and 1-month post-discharge. Similar trend was observed in community-mobility outcome. WALK-FOR intervention has the potential to reduce post-hospitalization functional decline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5
Number of pages1
JournalInnovation in Aging
Issue numberSuppl 1
StatePublished - 2018
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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