Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Nursing Care Quality

Volume

35

Issue

4

First Page

341

Last Page

347

PubMed ID

32032334

Publisher

Wolters Kluwer

School

School of Nursing and Midwifery

RAS ID

31754

Comments

This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in (Dermody, G., Odom-Maryon, T., Zimmerman, J., & Glass, C. (2020). Hospitalized adult patient characteristics associated with participation in a volunteer-assisted mobility program: A feasibility study. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 35(4), 341-347. doi:10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000460)

Dermody, G., Odom-Maryon, T., Zimmerman, J., & Glass, C. (2020). Hospitalized adult patient characteristics associated with participation in a volunteer-assisted mobility program: A feasibility study. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 35(4), 341-347. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000460

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity during hospitalization commonly results in functional decline. Structured multidisciplinary programs/approaches may be useful to promote mobility in hospitalized adults. PURPOSE: The purpose was to determine whether a volunteer-assisted mobility program was feasible to improve the ambulation of hospitalized patients, and examine the characteristics of patients associated with willingness to participate in the program. METHODS: A prospective descriptive correlation study was conducted in 2 acute care units. A volunteer-staffed program was implemented with the aim of improving the ambulation of hospitalized patients. RESULTS: Hospitalized patients (N = 490) were approached, with 39.2% (n = 192) agreeing to ambulate an average of 109.7 m (interquartile range = 51.45-172.2 m). Patients with a low clinical frailty score, high body mass index, or physical therapy order were more likely to participate in the volunteer-assisted mobility program. CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that a volunteer-assisted interdisciplinary program is a feasible way to promote the ambulation of some patients.

DOI

10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000460

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