Can in-hospital or post discharge caregiver involvement increase functional performance of older patients? A systematic review

Margaretha Van Dijk, , Mieke Deschodt, Geert Verheyden, Jos Tournoy & Johan Flamaing
Abstract Background Regaining pre-hospitalization activity levels is only achieved in 30–50% of older patients. Extra physiotherapy time has been proven to improve functional outcome and shorten length of stay, but is costly. Considering their key role in caring for older people, involving informal caregivers in rehabilitation might further improve functional performance. Aim To determine if in-hospital or post discharge caregiver involvement can increase functional performance in older adults. The secondary aim was to determine if...
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