The Institute of Human Movement Sciences and Sport (ETH Zürich), has published results using Physilog sensors for the instrumented Timed Up and Go (iTUG): “Reliability and validity of the inertial sensor-based Timed “Up and Go” test in individuals affected by stroke“. The article is published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development (JRRD) by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Abstract:

The instrumented Timed “Up and Go” test (iTUG), based on body-fixed Physilog sensors, has the potential for playing an important role in providing clinically useful information regarding an individual’s balance and mobility that cannot be derived from the original single-­outcome Timed “Up and Go” test protocol. The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability and validity of the iTUG in people affected by stroke. For test-retest reliability analysis, 14 individuals with stroke and 25 nondisabled elderly patients were assessed. For validity analysis, an age-matched comparison of 12 patients with stroke and 12 nondisabled controls was performed. Out of 14 computed iTUG metrics, the majority showed excellent test-retest reliability expressed by high intraclass correlation coefficients (range 0.431 – 0.994) together with low standard error of measurement and smallest detectable difference values. Bland-Altman plots demonstrated good agreement between two repeated measurements. Significant differences between patients with stroke and nondisabled controls were found in 9 of 14 iTUG parameters analyzed. Consequently, these results warrant future application of the inertial sensor-based iTUG for the assessment of physical deficits post stroke in longitudinal study designs.

Conclusion:

Excellent test-retest reliability was found for most of the iTUG metrics measured, and the inertial sensor-based iTUG is able to distinguish patients with stroke from nondisabled controls.These findings suggest that the inertial sensor-based iTUG measures are useful to assess functional mobility in patients with stroke. However, the study should be repeated with a larger group of patients to investigate it’s discriminatory capabilities between different subgroups of stroke patients.