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get up & go test

by Rein Tideiksaar, PhD

Fall risk can be assessed in patients using simple tests like this one.


Have patient sit in straight-backed chair and ask him/her to:

  • Get up (without use of armrests, if possible).

  • Stand still momentarily.

  • Walk forward 10 feet.

  • Turn around and walk back to the chair.

  • Sit back down in the chair.

Any observed change in gait, strength or balance is abnormal.

This and other helpful fall risk assessment tools are available as a printable pdf file.

Posted October 2005
Last Updated October 2009


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