Impact of a nurse-driven mobility protocol on functional decline in hospitalized older adults

J Nurs Care Qual. 2009 Oct-Dec;24(4):325-31. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181a4f79b.


The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of a nurse-driven mobility protocol on functional decline. A nonequivalent control group design was used; the independent variable was mobility protocol and dependent variables were functional status and length of stay. Older adults who participated in a mobility protocol maintained or improved functional status and had a reduced length of stay. Practice implications include an emphasis on ambulation in hospitalized older adults.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Geriatric Nursing / methods*
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Longevity*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital
  • Self Care / methods*
  • Walking