Professors of Physical Therapy Drs. Kathleen Kline Mangione and Irene V. Naughton and Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Amy H. Miller published “Cochrane Review: Improving Physical Function and Performance With Progressive Resistance Strength Training in Older Adults” in Physical Therapy 90(12):1711-1715 as part of the Linking Evidence and Practice (LEAP) series. This article highlights the findings and application of Cochrane reviews and other evidence pertinent to the practice of physical therapy.
The Cochrane Library is a respected source of reliable privateness of interventions—medications, surgery, educations, nutrition, exercise—and the evidence for and against the use of diagnostic tests for specific conditions. Cochrane reviews are designed to facilitate the decisions of clinicians, patients, and others in health care by providing a careful review and interpretation of research studies published in the scientific literature. Each article in this PTJ series summarizes a Cochrane review or other scientific evidence on a single topic and presents clinical scenarios based on real patients or programs to illustrate how the results of the review can be used to directly inform clinical decisions. This article focuses on an older patient with sarcopenia and multiple comorbidities who is receiving home care, and addresses whether progressive resistance training can help a patient regain function so that she can function independently in the community again.