Journal article

Factors associated with improved walking in older people during hospital rehabilitation: secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial

Catherine M Said, Jennifer L McGinley, Cassandra Szoeke, Barbara Workman, Keith D Hill, Joanne E Wittwer, Michael Woodward, Danny Liew, Leonid Churilov, Julie Bernhardt, Meg E Morris

BMC GERIATRICS | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Older people are often admitted for rehabilitation to improve walking, yet not everyone improves. The aim of this study was to determine key factors associated with a positive response to hospital-based rehabilitation in older people. METHODS: This was a secondary data analysis from a multisite randomized controlled trial. Older people (n= 198, median age 80.9 years, IQR 76.6- 87.2) who were admitted to geriatric rehabilitation wards with a goal to improve walking were recruited. Participants were randomized to receive additional daily physical therapy focused on mobility (n = 99), or additional social activities (n = 99). Self-selected gait speed was measured on admission and di..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council project grant (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council project grant (NHMRC) (App1042680). The funder had no role in the design of the study, collection analysis or interpretation of data or preparation of this manuscript.