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Table 4 Setting and study characteristics feasibility

From: Effectiveness and feasibility of early physical rehabilitation programs for geriatric hospitalized patients: a systematic review

Study Population & setting Intervention Feasibility
Brown 2006 [30] Intervention (n=7) Exercise sessions twice a day, 7 days a week. After discharge 20-30 min walk each day and resistance exercise every other day n=605 admitted, n=76 included
Mean age 70.2 years, 0% female n=66 declined participation
  Control (n=2) Usual care which included physical therapy if a consult was initiated by the physician  
Mean age 70.2 years, 0% female
Mallery 2003 [31] Intervention (n=19) Usual care plus resistance exercise 3 times per week, 30-40 min, assisted by a physiotherapist n=395 admitted, n=39 included
Mean age 82.7 years Participation 71%,
74% female, GU, UH Adherence 63%
No adverse events
  Control (n=20) Usual care plus passive range of motion training 3 times per week, 30-40 min, assisted by a physiotherapist Participation 96%,
Mean age 81.4 years Adherence 95%
45% female, GU, UH No adverse events
Nolan 2008 [32] Intervention (n=196) Participated in the Functional Maintenance Exercise Program, 6 times per week, 30 min n=1021 admitted, n= 220 included
Mean age 83.6 years, 33 withdrawn
68% female, GU, UH
  Control (n=24) Usual care with usual physiotherapy  
Mean age 85.4 years
67% female, GU, UH
Laver 2012 [14] Intervention (n=22) Individual interactive video game program (Wii Fit) 25 min/day, 5 days/week supervised by a physiotherapist n=235 admitted, n=44 included
Mean age 85.2 years 90% adherence rate
86% female GU, ACH No adverse events
  Control (n=22) Conventional physiotherapy, matching the patients abilities and treatment needs 25 min/day, 5 days/week 91% adherence rate
Mean age 84.6 years 1 adverse event, conscious collapse
73% female GU, ACH
  1. GU=Geriatric Unit; UH=University Hospital.