Many clinical tests that allowPhysical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants to perform tests in orderto report patients’ limitations and restrictions. The article “Timed Up &Go as a measure for longitudinal change in mobility after stroke – Postural StrokeStudy in Gothenburg (POSTGOT)” explores Timed “Up and Go” (TUG) test. For thepurpose of this research paper we will be analyzing the TUG test in thosepatients that have suffered a stroke. We will discuss the impact if any thatthe TUG test may have or may not have had on patients who suffered a stroke. Iwill also discuss the reliability, validity and statistical significance of theTimed “Up and Go’ (TUG) test.
Thearticle defines the TUG test as a test that “determines fall risk and measuresthe progress of balance; sit to stand, and walking”. The article is based on 91patients who suffered from first-time strokes and were assessed using the TUG method.The patients who suffered from a stroke were tested the first week, followed by3, 6 and 12 months after the stroke. Going further we will be able to read howthe study developed and how the TUG test was put into use. The TUG wasperformed as follows: the patients were asked to stand up from a standardizedarmchair, walk 3 meters (marked by a tape), turn, and walk back to the chairand sit down, as quickly and as safely as possible while the time taken tocomplete the test was recorded and rounded to whole seconds. In cases where thepatient needed a walking aid, his/her private walking aid was used. No physicalassistance was accepted. (Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2014).
The TUG has beenshown to be valid and to identify risk for falls in community-dwelling olderadults as well as in patients with strokes. (Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2014). This studyshows the reliability and validity that the TUG test has on the patients whoparticipated in this study and in various work. Not all patients had changes totheir recovery. Theresults of the TUG for study were as follows: TUG demonstrates the ability todetect change in mobility over time in patients with stroke. Thus, the resultjustifies the use of TUG in stroke rehabilitation. As expected, there was astatistically significant improvement in TUG time from the first week to 3months after the stroke was found, but no statistically significant changecould be detected.
The recovery pattern of mobility differed between differentage groups. Patients 80 years or older tended to deteriorate in mobilitybetween 3 to 12 months after the stroke, while the younger patients did not. (Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2014). The articleconcludes that the TUG test is a reliable, valid, and easy-to-administerclinical tool for assessing advanced functional mobility after a stroke. (Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation., 2017)