Assisted walking programme for hospitalised older people

A way to improve walking ability compared to usual geriatric care?

Caring for older people requires a multidisciplinary approach, which is not only based on the treatment of an identified illness, but also on a more global point of view dealing with the various dimensions of each individual.

It is well-known that mobility and movement are key elements to remain independent, including in the hospital where it may be easy to remain in bed and progressively lose the ability to walk.

Physiotherapists have an important role to play in this context. Therefore, this study assessed whether an individualised assisted walking programme (IAWP) for hospitalised older people improves their ability to walk compared to a standard geriatric rehabilitation approach.


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