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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-34

Association timed "up and go" test with respect to gross motor function classification system level in children diagnosed as cerebral palsy

Department of Physiotherapy, Padmashri Dr. Vittalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation's Campus, Maharashtra, India

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Sanjivani N Dhote
Department of Physiotherapy, Flat No 8, Pooja Apartment, Tanaji Nagar, Chinchwadgaon, Pune, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.110564

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Background: Timed "up and go" (TUG) test is a quick test, used in clinical practice as an outcome measure to assess functional ambulatory mobility or dynamic balance in adults. However, little information is available of TUG test used in cerebral palsy (CP). Hence, the purpose of our study was to find score of TUG with respect to gross motor function classification system (GMFCS) in CP children. Aims: To find the mean score of TUG test with respect to GMFCS level in children diagnosed as CP. Materials and Methods: It was a cross-sectional observational study conducted in neuro rehabilitation unit and included 30 CP children of 4-12 years, those within GMFCS level I, II, III, and IQ ≥50. The sampling technique used was purposive sampling excluding children with cognitive deficit. Subjects performed on TUG on three occasions: Initial assessment (time 1); 30 min after initial assessment (time 2); 1 week after initial assessment (time 3). Three trials were conducted for each of the three occasions. A mean score of three trials was documented as final score. The mean of scores of TUG test of all the subjects within the particular GMFCS levels was calculated. Results: Significant variation was seen in the TUG score for three levels of GMFCS. Conclusions: Significant variation was seen as GMFCS levels get increases time duration of TUG also increases.

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