Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Feature Article 

The Impact of Manual Handling on Nursing Home Resident Mobility During Transfers On and Off Furniture: A Systematic Review

Janice Taylor, M. Gerontology, B. Physiotherapy; Jane Sims, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons.); Terry P. Haines, PhD, GCert. Health Economics, B. Physiotherapy (Hons.)

Abstract

NOTE: This article has been amended to include a factual correction. An error was identified subsequent to its original printing (Vol. 37, No. 8, pp. 48-56), which was acknowledged in an erratum printed in Vol. 37, No. 9, p. 52). The online article and its erratum are considered the version of record.

This systematic review aimed to investigate the impact of staff manual handling practices and physical training interventions on nursing home residents’ ability to transfer on and off furniture. Key words and subject headings were used to search databases for English language studies published after 1994. Ten studies met the inclusion criteria. Studies of physical activity interventions indicated that physical activity training will benefit residents’ transfer ability. One study examined the effect of a safe manual handling program on resident quality care outcomes. Further research is required into the nature and impact of the assistance provided by staff to residents during transfers. Innovative and sustainable approaches to safe manual handling that promote resident mobility are needed.



Abstract

NOTE: This article has been amended to include a factual correction. An error was identified subsequent to its original printing (Vol. 37, No. 8, pp. 48-56), which was acknowledged in an erratum printed in Vol. 37, No. 9, p. 52). The online article and its erratum are considered the version of record.

This systematic review aimed to investigate the impact of staff manual handling practices and physical training interventions on nursing home residents’ ability to transfer on and off furniture. Key words and subject headings were used to search databases for English language studies published after 1994. Ten studies met the inclusion criteria. Studies of physical activity interventions indicated that physical activity training will benefit residents’ transfer ability. One study examined the effect of a safe manual handling program on resident quality care outcomes. Further research is required into the nature and impact of the assistance provided by staff to residents during transfers. Innovative and sustainable approaches to safe manual handling that promote resident mobility are needed.



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Authors

Ms. Taylor is a higher-degree research candidate, and Dr. Sims is Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Dr. Haines is Associate Professor, Director, Allied Health Research Unit, Southern Health, and Director of Research, Southern Physiotherapy Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity. Ms. Taylor acknowledges support from the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development Fellowship 2009, and Dr. Haines acknowledges support by an National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Award.

Address correspondence to Janice Taylor, M. Gerontology, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Building 1, 270 Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill, Victoria 3168, Australia; e-mail: janice.taylor@monash.edu.

Received: July 12, 2010
Accepted: December 16, 2010
Posted Online: April 13, 2011

10.3928/00989134-20110329-02

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