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Physical activity in hospitalised older people: the feasibility and acceptability of a volunteer-led mobility intervention in the SoMoVeTM study

Physical activity in hospitalised older people: the feasibility and acceptability of a volunteer-led mobility intervention in the SoMoVeTM study
Physical activity in hospitalised older people: the feasibility and acceptability of a volunteer-led mobility intervention in the SoMoVeTM study
Objectives
to determine the feasibility and acceptability of a volunteer-led mobility intervention to improve activity levels of older inpatients.

Design
pre-post mixed methods study.

Setting
acute medical wards for older people.

Participants
one hundred inpatients aged ≥70 years who were mobile prior to hospitalisation: 50 participants were recruited before and 50 after the intervention was established. Twenty-five participants (patients, nurses, therapists and volunteers) were interviewed to determine the acceptability of the intervention.

Interventions
twice daily volunteer-led mobility and bedside exercises.

Main outcome measures
the feasibility of delivering a volunteer-led mobility intervention, including the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers and the acceptability of the intervention to patients and healthcare professionals. Secondary outcome measures included objectively measured daily step count, length of stay, 30-day readmission and any adverse events.

Results
seventeen volunteers were recruited, 16 completed training and 12 were retained. Fifty participants (mean age 86 years) received the intervention, with a median daily step count of 912 steps (interquartile range [IQR] 295–1824) compared to the baseline group (n = 50, mean age 87 years) of 636 steps (IQR 298–1468). No adverse events were reported. The intervention was acceptable to patients and staff. Facilitating factors of the intervention included the social aspect of the intervention and perceived benefits by stakeholders. Barriers identified included the busy clinical environment and lack of awareness of the intervention among staff.

Conclusions
it was feasible to deliver a volunteer-led mobility intervention including the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers. The intervention was safe and acceptable to healthcare professionals and patients.
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Lim, Stephen, Ibrahim, Kinda, Dodds, Richard, Purkis, Annette, Baxter, Mark, Rogers, Anne, Sayer, Avan and Roberts, Helen (2019) Physical activity in hospitalised older people: the feasibility and acceptability of a volunteer-led mobility intervention in the SoMoVeTM study. Age and Ageing, 283-291. (doi:10.1093/ageing/afz114).

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Abstract

Objectives
to determine the feasibility and acceptability of a volunteer-led mobility intervention to improve activity levels of older inpatients.

Design
pre-post mixed methods study.

Setting
acute medical wards for older people.

Participants
one hundred inpatients aged ≥70 years who were mobile prior to hospitalisation: 50 participants were recruited before and 50 after the intervention was established. Twenty-five participants (patients, nurses, therapists and volunteers) were interviewed to determine the acceptability of the intervention.

Interventions
twice daily volunteer-led mobility and bedside exercises.

Main outcome measures
the feasibility of delivering a volunteer-led mobility intervention, including the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers and the acceptability of the intervention to patients and healthcare professionals. Secondary outcome measures included objectively measured daily step count, length of stay, 30-day readmission and any adverse events.

Results
seventeen volunteers were recruited, 16 completed training and 12 were retained. Fifty participants (mean age 86 years) received the intervention, with a median daily step count of 912 steps (interquartile range [IQR] 295–1824) compared to the baseline group (n = 50, mean age 87 years) of 636 steps (IQR 298–1468). No adverse events were reported. The intervention was acceptable to patients and staff. Facilitating factors of the intervention included the social aspect of the intervention and perceived benefits by stakeholders. Barriers identified included the busy clinical environment and lack of awareness of the intervention among staff.

Conclusions
it was feasible to deliver a volunteer-led mobility intervention including the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers. The intervention was safe and acceptable to healthcare professionals and patients.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 August 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 30 September 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 432877
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/432877
ISSN: 0002-0729
PURE UUID: 7607ab75-7552-4444-b4e5-f4f6baeada7c
ORCID for Stephen Lim: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2496-2362
ORCID for Kinda Ibrahim: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5709-3867
ORCID for Helen Roberts: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5291-1880

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2019 16:30
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 05:28

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Author: Stephen Lim ORCID iD
Author: Kinda Ibrahim ORCID iD
Author: Richard Dodds
Author: Annette Purkis
Author: Mark Baxter
Author: Anne Rogers
Author: Avan Sayer
Author: Helen Roberts ORCID iD

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