The use of functional performance tests by primary health-care providers to determine walking ability with and without awalking device in community-dwelling elderly.

The use of functional performance tests by primary health-care providers to determine walking ability with and without awalking device in community-dwelling elderly. Physiother Theory Pract. 2019 Apr 26;:1-9 Authors: Suwannarat P, Kaewsanmung S, Thaweewannakij T, Amatachaya S Abstract BACKGROUND: Primary health-care (PHC) providers are important for community involvement in health promotion and prevention efforts, particularly today that the number of elderly is increasing dramatically. The use of a standard practical measure would help in promoting the effectiveness of referral and monitoring processes. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the use of functional performance tests in terms of the appropriate cutoff point to determine walking ability with and without a walking device in community-dwelling elderly, and reliability of the tests when used by PHC providers. METHODS: Community-dwelling people aged 65 years or older who walked with or without a walking device (n = 309) were interviewed and assessed for information related to the use of a walking device in daily living. Then, they were randomly assessed for their functional ability using the Timed Up and Go Test (TUG), Five Times Sit-to-Stand Test (FTSST), and the 10-Meter Walk Test (10MWT). PHC providers, including a physical therapist, village health volunteer, and a caregiver, assessed 30 participants' functional performances, to address rater reliability of the tests. RESULTS: ...
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