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Mobility in rural areas


Integrating health care service resources and personal care network resources is crucial for maintaining mobility and autonomy in old age and for assuring effective health care, especially in rural areas.


The overall aim of the MOBILE study is to identify environmental and health care, social and personal resources of various spatial resolutions for mobility and participation in health care. Further, we aim to test whether a tablet-based network tool is effective in preserving the mobility needed to use these resources. How to stay active despite functional limitations or area deprivations will be the context of this study. To answer the research questions personal resources and goals will be linked to existing social activities and health care opportunities in the community. A two-arm, pragmatic, randomized controlled trial (RCT) design will be used for 254 individuals over 80 years of age from Havelland region in Brandenburg. The primary outcome will be objectively measured mobility (GPS tracking). The junior research group and the study are funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF; ID 01GY1803) within the framework of the guideline for strengthening research in geriatrics and gerontology. Novel aspects of the project include the systemic multi-level approach (environmental, health care, social, and personal resources); the application of innovative technologies in communities of older adults, i.e., the objective measures of effectiveness and the tablet-based intervention approach; and matching individual needs with health care opportunities, guided by a theory driven approach. The ecologic approach assures easy implementation to maximize the benefits for the people in the region.


Mobility in rural areas
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QULab contact person:
Jan-Niklas Voigt-Antons
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin 
Havelland Kliniken Unternehmensgruppe 
BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung)

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