Geriatric Medicine Book


Get Up and Go Test

Aka: Get Up and Go Test, Up and Go Test
  1. See Also
    1. Activities of Daily Living
    2. Activities of Daily Living Scale (Katz ADL Scale)
    3. Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL Scale)
    4. Activity in the Elderly
  2. Technique: Direct patient to do the following
    1. Rise from sitting position
    2. Walk 10 feet
    3. Turn around
    4. Return to chair and sit down
  3. Interpretation
    1. Patient takes <20 seconds to complete test
      1. Adequate for independent transfers and mobility
      2. However, risk of falls increases, if test takes >12 seconds to complete
    2. Patient requires >30 seconds to complete test
      1. Suggests higher dependence and risk of of falls
  4. References
    1. Posiadlo (1991) J Am Geriatr Soc 39:142-8 [PubMed]

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