A new paper in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences shows potential new ways to speed up recovery from the hospital. UTMB researchers tried different strategies to boost the function of older adults hospitalized for an acute illness. All interventions resulted in better function 1 month after hospital discharge, and, possibly, fewer returns to the hospital. Read a press release from the Sealy Center on Aging.
In this Phase I trial, 100 older adults received different
treatments for the 30 days after hospital discharge, a
crucial time for recovery from hospitalization. Treatments included a whey protein supplement, a sugar
supplement (placebo), in-home rehabilitation, whey
protein supplement plus in-home rehabilitation, or
testosterone. Those who received any treatment
improved their physical function and had a lower rate
of return to the hospital than those taking placebo.
The paper, “A Phase I Randomized ClinicalTrial of Evidence-Based, Pragmatic Interventions toImprove Functional Recovery After Hospitalization inGeriatric Patients” was written by Rachel R. Deer,
Jacques Baillargeon, Steven R. Fisher, Mukaila Raji,
and Elena Volpi. It is available online from the Journal
of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.