FIT4FRAIL: FITness training For FRAIL elderly during orthopedic geriatic rehabilitation (WC2016-062)

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Starting date: 01/09/2016

Ageing leads to a decline in physical functioning and frail older adults are particularly vulnerable for developing disabilities and increased dependency. Orthopedic Geriatric Rehabilitation (GR) aims to support post-surgical elderly patients with comorbidity in improving physical functioning and performing activities in daily life with the goal to promote independent living in the community.

Physical Fitness Training (PFT) is a core element of orthopedic GR, but there are large differences with respect to its implementation in current GR programs. Lack of clear recommendations underlie this variation among elderly care centres and it is likely that current programs are sub-optimal. In addition, it is unclear which patient related as well as environmental factors are most important in orthopedic GR. Hence, it is unknown how existing recommendations on PFT can be translated to our population of frail patients admitted to orthopedic GR.

This project is a collaboration between the MOVE research institute Amsterdam and the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research (EMGO+).

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