Older adults experiences with ambulation during a hospital stay: A qualitative study

Academic Article


  • Older adults often lose their ability to independently ambulate during a hospital stay. Few studies have investigated older adults’ experiences with ambulation during hospitalization. The purpose of this study was to understand older adults' perceptions of and experiences with ambulation during a hospital admission. A qualitative study using Inductive Content Analysis was conducted. Community-dwelling older adults (N = 11) were recruited to participant in five focus group meetings each lasting 90 min. All individuals participated in each focus group. Participants described high complexity in deciding whether or not they could ambulate. Six categories were identified: Uncertainty, Restriction Messaging, Non-Welcoming Space, Caring for Nurse and Self, Feeling Isolated, and Presenting Self. This study provides a detailed understanding of older adults’ experiences and perceptions of a hospital stay. Findings from this study can serve as a foundation for future interventions to improve older adult patient ambulation during hospitalization.
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  • Geriatric Nursing  Journal
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    Author List

  • King B; Bodden J; Steege L; Brown CJ
  • Start Page

  • 225
  • End Page

  • 232
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 1