Hospitalized Adult Patient Characteristics Associated With Participation in a Volunteer-Assisted Mobility Program: A Feasibility Study.

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Journal of nursing care quality


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.


Hospital Medicine