Physical function and health-related quality of life in older adults with or at risk of mobility disability post-discharge: 8-month follow-up of a randomised controlled trial

Sylvia Sunde*, Karin Hesseberg, Dawn A. Skelton, Anette H. Ranhoff, Are H. Pripp, Marit Aarønæs , Therese Brovold

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate physical function and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) four months after cessation of a 4-month exercise intervention in 89 older adults after discharge from hospital. Linear mixed regression models were used to evaluate between group differences. Data were analyzed according to the intention-to treat principle. There was no statistically significant between group difference in the Short Physical Performance Battery (mean difference 0.5-point, 95% confidence interval (CI) -0.6 to 1.5, p = 0.378). There was a statistically significant difference in favor of the intervention group in functional capacity (the six-minute walk test) (mean difference 32.9 meters, 95% CI 1.5 to 64.3, p = 0.040) and physical HRQOL (physical component summary of SF-36) (mean difference 5.9 points, 95% CI 2.0 to 9.7, p = 0.003). Interventions aiming to maintain or increase physical function and HRQOL should be encouraged in this population.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Early online date11 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • ageing
  • exercise
  • post-discharge
  • quality of life
  • mobility disability
  • physical function
  • hospitalization
  • exercise interventions
  • healthy aging

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