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Earlier mobilisation improves pneumonia outcomes

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:0-f

Question Does early mobilisation improve outcomes in patients with community-acquired pneumonia?

Synopsis Everyone looks healthier sitting up, don't they?

Previous studies of myocardial infarction and orthopaedic procedures have shown improved outcomes with early mobilisation. These researchers applied that thinking to hospitalised patients with community acquired pneumonia. Patients (n = 458) admitted to 17 general medical units were randomised by medical unit to early mobilisation (encouraged to get into an upright …

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