Physiotherapy dosage in hospitalized older adults

Should all hospitalized older adults receive the same amount of physiotherapy?

The incidence of hospitalization in older adults is high, especially for those with multimorbidity, including frailty and cognitive impairment. Physical activity interventions (PAIs) are often applied in this population during hospitalization. However, knowledge about the effectiveness and dose-response of PAIs in older adults with multimorbidity remains incomplete.

Clinical changes during hospitalization are positively affected by increased PAI duration. However, more favourable responses occur if patients are not frail or cognitively impaired. Therefore, it is desirable to use a more personalized rehabilitation approach based on patient characteristics.

> From: Jones et al., J Eval Clin Pract (2017-10-23 07:52:45) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Click here for the online summary.

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