What is the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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A 10-year longitudinal study assessed the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test performance (a validated predictor of falling) and hip area BMD (bone mineral density calculated using bone area as opposed to bone volume). Using data from 1126 women (mean age, 75 years), the study noted that risks of nonvertebral fracture and hip fracture were significantly higher in those who had slow TUG test performance and normal hip BMD or both slow TUG test performance and low hip BMD. These results suggest that the TUG test is an independent risk factor for incident nonvertebral fracture; this inexpensive physical assessment may be beneficial in screening patients at increased risk of fracture. [109]

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