The latest paper from Dr. Sharon Straus, CFN Board Member
Liu B, Moore JE, Almaawiy U, Chan WH, Khan S, Ewusie J, Hamid JS, Straus SE on behalf of the MOVE ON Collaboration. Outcomes of Mobilisation of Vulnerable Elders in Ontario (MOVE ON): a multisite interrupted time series evaluation of an implementation intervention to increase patient mobilisation. Age and Ageing, Volume 47, Issue 1, 1 January 2018, Pages 112–119, https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afx128
Abstract: Older patients admitted to hospitals are at risk for hospital-acquired morbidity related to immobility. The aim of this study was to implement and evaluate an evidence-based intervention targeting staff to promote early mobilisation in older patients admitted to general medical inpatient units. The early mobilisation implementation intervention for staff was multi-component and tailored to local context at 14 academic hospitals in Ontario, Canada. The primary outcome was patient mobilisation. Secondary outcomes included length of stay (LOS), discharge destination, falls and functional status. In total, 12,490 patients (mean age 80.0 years [standard deviation 8.36]) were included in the overall analysis. This is a large-scale study evaluating an implementation strategy for early mobilisation in older, general medical inpatients. The positive outcome of this simple intervention on an important functional goal of getting more patients out of bed is a striking success for improving care for hospitalised older patients.