July 2020
Clinical

The Timed Up and Go Test’s outcome parameters

Tanja

The Timed Up and Go Test assesses mobility, balance, and fall risk, providing valuable data on gait and functional ability, particularly in elderly and neurological patients.
Timed up and go test to assess mobility and risk of falls

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The Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test is a commonly used clinical assessment tool to evaluate a person’s mobility, balance, walking ability, and fall risk. It is particularly useful for identifying balance and gait problems, especially in elderly individuals and patients with neurological disorders.

The key outcome parameter of the TUG test is the total time needed to complete the test (Timed Up and Go Time, Fig-1, top left). The Stand Up Response Time is the time needed from start signal to when the subject starts getting up from the chair as a measure of responsiveness. The Walking Speed (Fig-1, bottom left) is related to the Timed Up and Go Time. 

Analysis of the Timed Up and Go Test showing various outcome parameters, including total test time, stand-up response time, walking speed, cadence, stride length, and ground contact points.
Fig-1: Detailed Insights into the Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test and Its Parameters

The ReGo system provides further valuable information about a patient’s gait, such as Cadence and Stride Length (Fig-1, middle). Furthermore, the Initial and Final Ground Contact Points (Fig-1, right) represent the center of pressure (COP) at the respective timepoints. This example shows a high dispersion of the Initial and Final Ground Contact Points, which can occur in neurological diseases, for instance. 

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