A randomised controlled trial was conducted to see if a programme of progressive resistance exercise, mobilisation and orientation might help to prevent delirium in older hospitalised patients. Delirium was measured using the Confusion Assessment Method. The intervention programme had no effect on the incidence of delirium, delirium duration and severity, hospital discharge destination or length of stay.
The authors conclude that progressive resistance exercise and orientation is not effective in reducing delirium in hospitalised elderly patients.
Jeffs, KJ. Berlowitz, DJ. [and] Grant, S. [et al] (2013). An enhanced exercise and cognitive programme does not appear to reduce incident delirium in hospitalised patients: a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, June 20th 2013, Vol.3(6), e002569. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).