Can an accelerometer enhance the utility of the Timed Up & Go Test when evaluating patients with Parkinson's disease?

  • Weiss A
  • Herman T
  • Plotnik M
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INTRODUCTION: The Timed Up and Go (TUG) test is a widely used measure of mobility and fall risk in older adults and in Parkinson's disease (PD). We tested the hypothesis that body-fixed accelerometers can provide insight into TUG performance in PD patients. METHODS: We examined 17 patients with PD (Hoehn and Yahr score: 2.7+/-0.7; ON state) and 15 age-matched healthy controls; mean ages were 66.8+/-5.9 years, 67.6+/-9.6 years, respectively. Subjects wore a 3D-accelerometer (ADXL330, Analog Devices) on the lower back while performing the TUG test. Sit-to-Stand and Stand-to-Sit times were extracted from the anterior-posterior (AP) signal. Parameters included Sit-to-Stand, Stand-to-Sit durations, amplitude range (Range) and slopes (Jerk). Acceleration median and standard deviation (SD) were also calculated. RESULTS: Stopwatch-based TUG duration tended to be higher for the PD patients compared to the control group, although not significantly (p=0.08). In contrast, the TUG duration that was extracted from the acceleration signal was significantly (p

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  • A Weiss

  • T Herman

  • M Plotnik

  • M Brozgol

  • I Maidan

  • N Giladi

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