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Utility of Timed Up and Go in Outpatient Cardiology Clinics

Albarrati, Ali, PhD, PT1; Nazer, Rakan, MD2

doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000163
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Purpose: The aim of the study was to examine if the Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test would be a feasible, reproducible, and valid measure in patients post-coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

Design: Cross-sectional study, controls and patients post-CABG, outpatient clinic.

Methods: Participants performed the TUG Test and the 6-Minute Walking Distance (6MWD) Test. Reliability was measured within observer on two occasions.

Findings: Patients and controls were similar in age. The patients had greater TUG mean (SD) of 14.4 seconds (4.9 seconds) and lower 6MWD of 358 m (76 m) compared with TUG of 8.2 seconds (2.7 seconds) and 6MWD of 487 m (56 m) in controls. In patients, intraclass correlation for the TUG was .98 (95% CI [.96, .98]) between the measurements. In patients, there was a high correlation between the TUG Test and the 6MWD Test, r = −.70, p < .001.

Conclusion: The TUG Test demonstrated to be a feasible, reproducible, and valid measure in patients post-CABG.

Clinical Relevance: The TUG Test could serve as a screening tool for physical performance inside clinics.

1 Rehabilitation Health Sciences Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2 Cardiac Sciences, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence: Ali Albarrati, PhD, PT, Rehabilitation Health Sciences Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 10219, Riyadh 11433, Saudi Arabia. E-mail: abarrati@ksu.edu.sa

Cite this article as: Albarrati, A., & Nazer, R. (2018). Utility of timed up and go in outpatient cardiology clinics. Rehabilitation Nursing, 00(0), 00–00. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000163

© 2019 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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