Automated Measurement and Subtask Analysis of the Timed Upand- Go Test in the Field of Geriatrics

Ziegl Andreas, Kastner Peter, Modre Osprian Robert, Schreier Gunter

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Abstract

Multimorbidity and age-physiological functional restrictions can lead to frailty and a loss of a self-determined life in elderly patients. The Timed Up-and-Go test (TUG) is a sensitive and specific measure of frailty and has also many other areas of application, for example in chronic diseases. Besides the measurement of the complete TUG time, the analysis of subtasks may also reveal important information about particular aspects of the health status of test subjects. We developed an ultrasonic-based device for performing the TUG automatically, which can be attached to the backrest of a chair. This device provides the total TUG time as well as the displacement-time data for all included subtasks. To prepare for its use in clinical studies, we performed a field test at a geriatric center. The goal was to confirm feasibility, i.e., to assess its application in real patients. Despite some improvement potential revealed by the field test, the concept turned out to be an appropriate method for monitoring the TUG time and its subtasks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages1526-1529
Number of pages4
Volume2018-July
ISBN (Electronic)9781538636466
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2018
Event40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 18 Jul 201821 Jul 2018

Conference

Conference40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period18/07/1821/07/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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    Andreas, Z., Peter, K., Robert, M. O., & Gunter, S. (2018). Automated Measurement and Subtask Analysis of the Timed Upand- Go Test in the Field of Geriatrics. In 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018 (Vol. 2018-July, pp. 1526-1529). [8512464] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2018.8512464