Health Minute, Dr. Robin Marcus, chief wellness officer at University of Utah Health, explains this trend.">

May 17, 2017 — There is culture shift occurring in healthcare right now called "culture of mobility." If there is no reason to stay in bed, a patient may actually get better quicker if they are up and moving as soon as possible. On this Health Minute, Dr. Robin Marcus, chief wellness officer at University of Utah Health, explains this trend.

Interview

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Interviewer: There's a new trend in healthcare called a culture of mobility that says instead of staying in bed to recover, patients should get up and get moving as soon as possible. Robin Marcus is the Chief Wellness Officer at University of Utah Health. Tell me more.

Dr. Marcus: What we've found over the years, and there's actually really good evidence on this, is that there's something called "hospital associated deconditioning." Patients actually get worse while they're getting better in the hospital. So the culture shift now is we need to teach patients, doctors, therapists, nurses that if there's no reason to stay in bed we can actually make people better while they're getting their healthcare condition taken care of. We can maintain their activity or even increase it.

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