Feasibility of Implementing an Exercise Program in a Geriatric Assessment Unit: the SPRINT Program

  • Andréanne Juneau Centre de réadaptation Constance-Lethbridge
  • Aline Bolduc Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal
  • Philippe Nguyen Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal
  • Bernard-Simon Leclerc Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal; Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services Sociaux du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal; Université de Montréal
  • Jacqueline Rousseau Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal; Université de Montréal
  • François Dubé Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal; Université de Montréal
  • Marie-Ève Ringuet Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal
  • Marie-Jeanne Kergoat Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal; Université de Montréal
Keywords: feasibility study, frail elderly, Geriatric Assessment Units, functional decline prevention, exercise training

Abstract

Backgound

An exercise program involving patients, caregivers, and professionals, entitled SPecific Retraining in INTerdisciplinarity (SPRINT), has been developed to prevent functional decline during hospitalization of older patients.

Goal

Assess the feasibility of implementing SPRINT in the context of a Geriatric Assessment Unit (GAU).

Methods

GAU’s health-care professionals were instructed with the SPRINT. All new patients were evaluated by a physiotherapist shortly after admission to validate the eligibility criteria and allocation category of exercises. Questionnaires on physical activities were filled out by professionals, patients, and caregivers at baseline and after intervention. Quantitative and qualitative information was collected on adherence to the program.

Results

SPRINT was applied to 19 of the 50 patients admitted during the three-month pilot study. A daily average of one exercise session per patient was performed, most frequently with a nurse (37%), physician (20%), care attendant (13%) or by the patient alone (22%). The caregivers participated only 4% of the time. Barriers and facilitators in applying SPRINT have been identified.

Conclusions

SPRINT appears relevant and applicable within GAUs. Future studies should be conducted to assess its safety and effectiveness in preventing hospital-related functional decline.

Author Biographies

Aline Bolduc, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal
Centre de recherche
Philippe Nguyen, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal
Centre de recherche
Bernard-Simon Leclerc, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal; Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services Sociaux du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal; Université de Montréal
Centre de recherche; Centre de recherche et de partage des savoirs InterActions; Département de médecine sociale et préventive, École de santé publique
Jacqueline Rousseau, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal; Université de Montréal
Centre de recherche; École de réadaptation, Faculté de médecine
François Dubé, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal; Université de Montréal
Centre de recherche; École de réadaptation, Faculté de médecine
Marie-Ève Ringuet, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal
Centre de recherche
Marie-Jeanne Kergoat, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal; Université de Montréal

Centre de recherche; Département de médecine, Faculté de médecine 

Published
2018-09-14
How to Cite
Juneau, A., Bolduc, A., Nguyen, P., Leclerc, B.-S., Rousseau, J., Dubé, F., Ringuet, M.- Ève, & Kergoat, M.-J. (2018). Feasibility of Implementing an Exercise Program in a Geriatric Assessment Unit: the SPRINT Program. Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 21(3), 284-289. https://doi.org/10.5770/cgj.21.311
Section
Original Research