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The timed 'Up & Go' is dependent on chair type

Siggeirsdottir, K; Jonsson, BY; Jonsson, H and Iwarsson, Susanne LU (2002) In Clinical Rehabilitation 16(6). p.609-616
Abstract
Introduction: The timed 'Up & Go' (TUG) is a performance test identifying problems in functional mobility. More knowledge on how the type of chair used influences test results is needed. Objective: To investigate inter-rater agreement on the time score and to assess if chair type used influenced the performance of the test. Setting: (1) Inter-rater agreement investigation on the time score was carried out with elderly individuals living in a retirement home (n = 31). (2) Four types of chairs were tested on elderly individuals in three different health care centres (n = 100). Results: The two observers were close in timing (mean difference = 0.04 s). From a reference chair the median time for TUG was 15.7 s compared with 16.9 s from a... (More)
Introduction: The timed 'Up & Go' (TUG) is a performance test identifying problems in functional mobility. More knowledge on how the type of chair used influences test results is needed. Objective: To investigate inter-rater agreement on the time score and to assess if chair type used influenced the performance of the test. Setting: (1) Inter-rater agreement investigation on the time score was carried out with elderly individuals living in a retirement home (n = 31). (2) Four types of chairs were tested on elderly individuals in three different health care centres (n = 100). Results: The two observers were close in timing (mean difference = 0.04 s). From a reference chair the median time for TUG was 15.7 s compared with 16.9 s from a chair with a low seat (p < 0.001). It was significantly more difficult to stand up from a chair without armrests (p < 0.001), and from the lowest chair (p < 0.001), which was also the only chair difficult to sit down on (p = 0.02). Conclusion: The inter-rater agreement of the time scoring of the TUG has been confirmed. Test performance is dependent on chair type; chairs with armrests and a seating height of 44-47 cm should be used. Clinicians must follow standard procedures and equipment when using the test or else risk invalidating test findings. (Less)
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10.1191/0269215502cr529oa
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  abstract     = {Introduction: The timed 'Up &amp; Go' (TUG) is a performance test identifying problems in functional mobility. More knowledge on how the type of chair used influences test results is needed. Objective: To investigate inter-rater agreement on the time score and to assess if chair type used influenced the performance of the test. Setting: (1) Inter-rater agreement investigation on the time score was carried out with elderly individuals living in a retirement home (n = 31). (2) Four types of chairs were tested on elderly individuals in three different health care centres (n = 100). Results: The two observers were close in timing (mean difference = 0.04 s). From a reference chair the median time for TUG was 15.7 s compared with 16.9 s from a chair with a low seat (p &lt; 0.001). It was significantly more difficult to stand up from a chair without armrests (p &lt; 0.001), and from the lowest chair (p &lt; 0.001), which was also the only chair difficult to sit down on (p = 0.02). Conclusion: The inter-rater agreement of the time scoring of the TUG has been confirmed. Test performance is dependent on chair type; chairs with armrests and a seating height of 44-47 cm should be used. Clinicians must follow standard procedures and equipment when using the test or else risk invalidating test findings.},
  author       = {Siggeirsdottir, K and Jonsson, BY and Jonsson, H and Iwarsson, Susanne},
  issn         = {1477-0873},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {609--616},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Clinical Rehabilitation},
  title        = {The timed 'Up & Go' is dependent on chair type},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/0269215502cr529oa},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2002},
}