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Care of the older person
Inpatient mobilisation programmes targeting older patients are feasible, but further research is required to examine impact on patient outcomes
  1. Beverly Waller Dabney
  1. School of Nursing, University of Michigan Flint, Flint, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Beverly Waller Dabney, School of Nursing, University of Michigan Flint, Flint, MI 48502, USA; bevw{at}

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Commentary on: Liu B, Moore JE, Almaawiy U, et al. Outcomes of Mobilisation of Vulnerable Elders in Ontario (MOVE ON): a multisite interrupted time series evaluation of an implementation intervention to increase patient mobilisation. Age Ageing 2018;47:112–119.

Implications for practice and research

  • Interprofessional collaborations among members of the healthcare team provide opportunities for implementing patient mobilisation practices that result in improvements in patient mobility and length of stay (LOS) while using existing resources.

  • Further research should examine the impact of increased inpatient mobilisation on aspects of care relevant to older patients, including physical, psychological and social outcomes, incorporating a patient-centred approach.


There is a growing yet conflicting body of evidence linking inpatient mobilisation to positive patient and organisation outcomes.1–3 Older patients continue to spend most of their inpatient stay in bed. …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.