Mobility Deficit – Rehabilitate, An Opportunity for Functionality

  • Gorete ReisEmail author
  • Patrícia Páscoa Pereira
  • Lena Sabino
  • Maria José Bule
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1016)


There are many pathological conditions that cause mobility deficits and that ultimately influence someone’s autonomy. To overcome these difficulties implies the patient’s involvement and professional action, namely from a rehabilitation nurse, whose target is to capacitate the patient. The person can be capacitated and reach quality of life through organized and systematic rehabilitation programs, which can result in health gains. Aims: to evaluate patients with mobility deficits functional status; to implement a Rehabilitation Nursing intervention plan; to monitor health gains through mobility deficits rehabilitation; Method: Cross-sectional study, action research approximation. Non-probability sampling, 9 patients admitted at an Intensive Care Unit and at a Stroke Unit who fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The intervention plan included two moments of formal evaluation: the initial (T1) and the final (T2) that relied on specific instruments. Results: improvement and solving of rehabilitation nursing diagnoses, increased balance and better transferring ability. Data suggest that the implementation of an intervention plan decreased the level of dependence. Conclusion: Early intervention and the implementation of a nursing rehabilitation intervention plan results in health gains (direct or indirect), decreases the risk of developing Pressure Ulcers (PU) and the risk of developing a situation of immobility that affects patients’ autonomy and quality of life.


Rehabilitation Nursing Mobility limitation Daily activities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ÉvoraÉvoraPortugal
  2. 2.Research Group AgeingC, Cintesis - Center for Health Technology and Services ResearchFMUP, Investigator POCTEP 0445_4IE_4_PPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Polyvalent Intensive Care Unit of Hospital Espírito SantoÉvoraPortugal
  4. 4.Local Health Unit of Baixo AlentejoBejaPortugal

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