An interprofessional examination of the Johns Hopkins Mobility Goal Calculator among hospitalized postsurgical patients

Kevin H. McLaughlin, Daniel Young, Lisa A. Friedman, Jessica Peters, Gina Vickery, Erik H. Hoyer

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Individualized mobility goals created using a goal calculator have been shown to increase patient mobility on medical nursing units, but have not been studied among postoperative populations. This study aimed to examine the feasibility of an automated mobility goal calculator on a postoperative nursing unit. To examine this, we used the goal calculator to create goals for patients (N = 128) following surgery and mobilized each patient with either a nurse or physical therapist. Each patient's highest level of mobility was recorded and providers completed surveys on the appropriateness of calculated goals. Overall, 94% of patients achieved calculated goals. Patients with more pain achieved goals significantly less often than those with less pain. Those with higher mobility achieved their goals similarly with either provider. Providers reported 47% of goals were appropriate, with goals being set too low as the primary reason for goals being inappropriate. We conclude that the automated goal calculator can be used on postoperative nursing units to set realistic goals for patients after surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)735-741
Number of pages7
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • exercise
  • mobility promotion
  • patient safety
  • physical therapy
  • quality improvement
  • surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing

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