Insight Into the Movement Behaviors of Nursing Home Residents Living With Obesity: A Report of Two Cases.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Obesity (body mass index [BMI] ≥30 kg/m2) can have a profound influence on the likelihood of developing a pressure injury (PrI); little is known about the movement behaviors (movement frequency, body position frequency, and position duration) of obese individuals.


This report examines 2 cases of obese nursing home residents and their movement behaviors in relation to their potential influence on overall PrI risk.


Resident movements were monitored 24 hours/day using a wearable sensor, and repositioning events were observed as part of a larger study examining repositioning intervals. Braden Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment was conducted weekly.


Both residents (BMI 39 kg/m2 and 50 kg/m2) had limitations in movement with prolonged periods spent in a single body position. Each resident addressed movement challenges unique to their desire to remain mobile and level of dependency on nursing staff.


Presence of obesity is a factor affecting resident movement and creates environmental and psychosocial barriers to health. Nurses can play a key role in PrI prevention by addressing these barriers and encouraging positive, long-term behavior changes that mitigate risk. Future research should guide tailored PrI prevention protocols and national/ international guidelines for obese residents.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sabol, VK; Kennerly, SM; Alderden, J; Horn, SD; Yap, TL

Published Date

  • May 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 18 - 29

PubMed ID

  • 32401731

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2640-5245

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2640-5237


  • eng