Occupational therapist use of the 'Timed Up and Go' test in a Memory Clinic to compare performance between cognitive diagnoses and screen for falls risk

Kristie J. Harper, Vera Riley, Antonio Petta, Angela Jacques, Nicholas Spendier, Katharine Ingram

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Introduction Occupational therapists assess older patients attending Memory Clinics to address multiple facets, including memory, activities of daily living function, mobility and falls risk. Identifying deficits in motor and functional abilities represents a crucial and necessary component of cognitive diagnosis. The aim of this research was to compare performance on the TUG between patients with normal (NC), mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia. Methods A prospective single-blind single-centre cohort study was conducted in a Memory Clinic. Patients underwent comprehensive medical assessment, including the Mini Mental Status Examination (MMSE) to determine a cognitive diagnosis. The occupational therapist, blinded to any diagnosis, completed the TUG. Results A total of 158 patients aged 60 years and older were recruited. The average TUG was 15.4 s, which was similar between men and women (p = .87). A TUG greater than >= 14 s was significantly associated with the use of a walking aid (p

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
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Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

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