Timed up and go test: a reliable and valid test in patients with chronic heart failure

Hwang, Rita, Morris, Norman R., Mandrusiak, Allison, Mudge, Alison, Suna, Jessica, Adsett, Julie and Russell, Trevor (2016) Timed up and go test: a reliable and valid test in patients with chronic heart failure. Journal of Cardiac Failure, 22 8: 646-650. doi:10.1016/j.cardfail.2015.09.018

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Author Hwang, Rita
Morris, Norman R.
Mandrusiak, Allison
Mudge, Alison
Suna, Jessica
Adsett, Julie
Russell, Trevor
Title Timed up and go test: a reliable and valid test in patients with chronic heart failure
Journal name Journal of Cardiac Failure   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1071-9164
Publication date 2016-08-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cardfail.2015.09.018
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 22
Issue 8
Start page 646
End page 650
Total pages 5
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The timed up and go test (TUGT) is a short-duration functional test, frequently used in rehabilitation settings as a measure of balance and mobility. Reliability and validity for patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) has yet to be determined. This prospective cohort study aimed to determine: test-retest reliability of the TUGT in patients with CHF; relationships between the TUGT and other variables including functional tests; and predictors of the TUGT.

Methods: Secondary analysis of data collected in a multicenter randomized controlled trial of exercise training in recently hospitalized patients with heart failure (EJECTION-HF). The TUGT was conducted twice at baseline to determine reliability. Assessments were compared to six minute walk distance (6MWD), 10m walk test time, and other clinical variables. Intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) was used to determine test-retest reliability and correlations for relationships with other variables. A multiple regression was used to identify predictors of the TUGT.

Results: In 278 participants (mean age 62 years), the TUGT demonstrated excellent within-day test-retest reliability (ICC = 0.93). A shorter (better) TUGT time was associated with longer 6MWD (r = -0.81, P < .001) and shorter 10m walk test time (rs = 0.80, P < .001). Best predictors of the TUGT were 6MWD and age, which accounted for 66% of the variance.

Conclusions: The TUGT appears to be a reliable and valid functional measurement in patients with CHF
Keyword Exercise test
Functional capacity
Cardiac failure
Outcome assessment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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