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Timed Up and Go Test Performance as an Indicator of Fall History in Institutionalized Elderly: A Pilot Study

Millán-Calenti, José C. MD, PhD; Núñez-Naveira, Laura PhD; Lorenzo-López, Laura PhD; Rodríguez-Villamil, José L. MD, PhD; Muñoz-Mendoza, Carmen L. PhD; Cabañero-Martínez, M. José PhD; Cabrero-García, Julio PhD; Maseda, Ana PhD

doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000164
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Background: Ageing is associated with sensory and physical declines and falling risk.

Objective: To determine the association between 3 performance-based mobility tests and fall history.

Methods: Fifty participants' mobility was assessed by Timed Up and Go (TUG) and 4- and 6-m walking tests (WT).

Results: The TUG performance correlated with 4- and 6-m WT performance, and performance on 4-m WT positively correlated with 6-m WT. Only TUG performance showed a strong relationship to fall history.

Conclusions: Performance tests could indicate the presence of fall history in the institutionalized older adults; the TUG being the most suitable compared with other common WT.

Universidade da Coruña, Gerontology Research Group, Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de A Coruña (INIBIC), Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña (CHUAC), Sergas, A Coruña, Spain (Drs Millán-Calenti, Lorenzo-López, Rodríguez-Villamil, and Maseda); Research, Development and Innovation Department, Gerontological Complex La Milagrosa, Provincial Association of Pensioners and Retired People (UDP) from A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain (Dr Núñez-Naveira); Department of Nursing, University of Bío-Bío, Concepción, Chile (Dr Muñoz-Mendoza); and Department of Nursing, University of Alicante, San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante, Spain (Drs Cabañero-Martínez and Cabrero-García).

Correspondence: Ana Maseda, PhD, Gerontology Research Group, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidade da Coruña, Campus de Oza, E-15071, A Coruña, Spain (amaseda@udc.es).

The authors sincerely thank the Gerontological Complex La Milagrosa and its residents for the facilities provided to carry out this study.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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