ArticleAn Interdisciplinary Approach to Addressing Patient Activity and Mobility in the Medical-Surgical PatientMarkey, Donna W. MSN, RN, ACNP-CS; Brown, Randall J. MHS, PTAuthor Information Inpatient-Outpatient Care Coordinator Physical Therapist; Digestive Health Services; University of Virginia Health System; Charlottesville, Virginia The authors acknowledge all the registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and patient care assistants of 5Central and 5West at the University of Virginia for their dedication to excellence in caring for their patients. This project's success was due in large part to the efforts of Susan Greene, Martha Bryant, Thomas Epps, and Shelby Gunter. For all of your hard work and support, we thank you. Journal of Nursing Care Quality: July 2002 - Volume 16 - Issue 4 - p 1-12 Buy Abstract Patient functional activity and mobility are essential to recovery and minimization of the risks associated with immobility in hospitalized patients. In practice, there is inconsistency in attending to this aspect of patient care and limited information in the literature to guide clinicians caring for medical-surgical patients. An interdisciplinary quality improvement team of nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and patient care assistants developed a programmatic approach to the assessment, planning, and implementation of patient activity criteria in this patient population. Increased awareness and application of the patient activity criteria have improved the consistency with which patient activity is addressed and reduced the incidence of immobility-associated complications. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.