Performance and clinimetric properties of the Timed Up From Floor Test completed by apparently healthy community-dwelling older women

Review written by Dr Mariana Wingood info

Key Points

  1. The Timed Up From Floor (TUFF) test is a valid and reliable test that provides information about the ability to get up from the floor.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Being able to get up off the floor is not only necessary when someone falls, but it is also needed to perform various household and recreational activities. Further highlighting its importance, the ability to get up off the floor is an indicator of independence with functional mobility, frailty, quality of life, falls, and overall safety (1).

There are three methods of assessing a patient’s ability to get up off the floor. See Box 1 for the three assessment methodologies (1,2).

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However, information about the clinimetric properties of floor transfer assessment methodologies is lacking, making it difficult to recommend one assessment method. This study aimed to describe the performance and the clinimetric properties of the Timed Up From Floor (TUFF) test.

Ability to get up off the floor is an indicator of independence with functional mobility.
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Older patients should be educated about fall preparedness, including how to get up off the floor.

METHODS

Participants: ≥ 55 year old women who were able to complete community mobility without assistance from another individual, and able to stand up from a chair without the use of their upper extremity.

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