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Research Letter
January 2019

Routine Inpatient Mobility Assessment and Hospital Discharge Planning

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 3Outcomes After Critical Illness and Surgery (OACIS) Group, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 4Department of Physical Therapy, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas
  • 5Department of Neurosciences, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 6Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(1):118-120. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.5145

Patient mobility is an indicator of health and a predictor associated with clinical outcomes. However, mobility status is not routinely measured in hospitalized patients.1 Consequently, physicians do not recognize when patients experience low baseline mobility and declines in mobility status during hospitalization.2

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