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Editor's Correspondence
July 25, 2011

In-Hospital Mobility and Length of Stay

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: The Cheryl Spencer Department of Nursing, Haifa University, Mt Carmel, Haifa, Israel.

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(14):1298-1299. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.321

The article by Fisher and colleagues1 provides an important contribution to the study of in-hospital ambulation of older adults and patient outcomes. Their report shows that patients who increased their walking by at least 600 steps from the first to second 24-hour day were discharged 1.7 days earlier than those who did not. Their study adds to emergent literature on the effects of in-hospital ambulation on outcomes of hospitalized older adults.2