International Journal of
Nursing and Midwifery

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Nurs. Midwifery
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2456
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJNM
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 210

Full Length Research Paper

Mobility and quality of life in elderly and geriatric patients

Anna Hudakova
  • Anna Hudakova
  • Faculty of Health Care Branches, University of PreÅ¡ov, PreÅ¡ov, Slovakia.
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Anna Hornakova
  • Anna Hornakova
  • Institute of Language Competence, Lifelong Study Centre, University of PreÅ¡ov, PreÅ¡ov, Slovakia
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  •  Accepted: 15 June 2011
  •  Published: 31 July 2011

Abstract

 

Quality of life in older people is significantly influenced by their mobilization. Using the statistical comparison of observed groups we found out that the mobilization of elderlyand geriatric patients improves their quality of life. We used nonparametric Mann -Whitney test as  an evaluation method. To determine relations between variables weused the Spearman correlation coefficient. Geriatric patients have shown rates of mobility in the BREF questionnaire (item 15) and ADL test at the same level. Physical activity represents a significant attribute of mobility in seniors, which confirmed the results of foreign studies. Reduced mobility is a maximum barrier in hospitalized geriatric patients. The positive overall impact of physical activity was reflected in increased confidence of seniors in their own abilities. In nursing there must be a continuous mobilization of geriatric patients according to their degree of dependence.

 

Key words: Mobility, quality of life, senior, geriatric patient, correlation, self-sufficiency