Dr. Chen Qian
Dr. Chen Qian
Sichuan University, China
Title: Bedrest and Activity in the Chinese Elderly Patients
Background: As China's population ages, the demand for care for the elderly is gradually increasing. Appropriate activities to maintain the ability of dayling life in the elderly is an important measure to reduce the need for care of the elderly. However, some traditional Chinese concepts affect the maintenance of elderly activities and self-care ability.
Objectives: The aim of this study were to understand the status of activities and bed rest in elderly patients, and to examine to what older Chinese patients views on “ activities"," and “bedrest" .
Methods: Survey questionnaire. Convenience sample (N = 993 hospitalized patients) form geriatric wards.
Results: There were 41.1% of senile patients doing some exercise before admission, 41.6% of senile patients bed rests all day or most of the time during hospitalization. For the activities and the rest of the bed rest of the view that “the activity is very important to the health”,82.5% ansewer “yes”; “long time bedrest is not good for the body ”. 76.2%.ansewer “yes”,;“If the body has any uncomfortable, it is best not have activity” 45.7% ansewer “yes”;" Being bedridden taken care by others and not needing to do anything by yourself is a lucky affair”, 45.8%" ansewer “yes”.
Conclusion: There were more than 40% of patients doing some exercise before admission, and more than 40% of patients bed rests all day or most of the time during hospitalization. Some elderly people can not correctly understand activities and rest, and need related health knowledge education. More than 50% of patients didn’t know the body has any uncomfortable still need have activity and best not bedridden. More health education in this area is needed to help the elderly in China.
Keywords: activity, bedridden; view, older patients
Qian. Chen is an assosite Professor at the Center of Gerontology and Geriatrics and National Clinical Research Center of Geriatrics, and geriatric nursing specialist at West China Hospital ,Sichuan Universtiy. She holds a Master and a PhD degree in clinical medicine from the Sichuan Universtiy .She has published more than 100 papers in journals, books and conference proceedings, She has participated in the scientific committee of several associations. Currently, She is interested on The evaluation and intervention of the geriatric syndrome, Safety care of frailty elderly.