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Timed Up-and-Go Dual-Task Testing in the Assessment of Cognitive Function: A Mixed Methods Observational Study for Development of the UDDGait Protocol

Cedervall, Ylva and Stenberg, Anna M. and Ahman, Hanna B. and Giedraitis, Vilmantas and Tinmark, Fredrik and Berglund, Lars and Halvorsen, Kjartan and Ingelsson, Martin and Rosendahl, Erik and Aberg, Anna Cristina (2020). Timed Up-and-Go Dual-Task Testing in the Assessment of Cognitive Function: A Mixed Methods Observational Study for Development of the UDDGait Protocol. International journal of environmental research and public health. 17 , 1715 , 2-19
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Abstract

New methods to screen for and identify early-stage dementia disorders are highly sought after. The purpose of this pilot study is to develop a study protocol for a dual-task test aimed at aiding the early detection of dementia disorders. We used the Timed Up-and-Go (TUG) test, which is a mobility task involving starting in a sitting position, standing up, walking three meters to cross a line on the floor, turning around, walking back and sitting down again. We combined TUG with the verbal task of naming different animals. Pilot study participants were 43 individuals with and without established dementia diagnoses who attended a clinic for memory assessment. Video-recorded test performances were systematically analysed. Deviant test performances concerning the interplay between test administration and participants' responses to the assessment instructions were revealed and led to refinements being made to the final study protocol. Exploration of the dual-task test outcome measures in a sub-sample of 22 persons, ten with and twelve without dementia, indicated that step-length and number of named animals after the turning point of the dual-task test might constitute appropriate measures for examining this kind of sample. We concluded that the refined study protocol is feasible for testing individuals undergoing initial memory assessments and healthy controls. Follow-up studies with larger samples are being carried out and will bring new knowledge to this area of research. It may also provide an opportunity for further studies exploring possibilities for broad clinical implementation.

Authors/Creators:Cedervall, Ylva and Stenberg, Anna M. and Ahman, Hanna B. and Giedraitis, Vilmantas and Tinmark, Fredrik and Berglund, Lars and Halvorsen, Kjartan and Ingelsson, Martin and Rosendahl, Erik and Aberg, Anna Cristina
Title:Timed Up-and-Go Dual-Task Testing in the Assessment of Cognitive Function: A Mixed Methods Observational Study for Development of the UDDGait Protocol
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:17
Article number:1715
Number of Pages:19
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1661-7827
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 302 Clinical Medicine > Geriatrics
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 302 Clinical Medicine > Neurology
Keywords:screening, memory assessment, feasibility, study protocol, dementia diagnosis, cognitive impair
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105425
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105425
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DOI10.3390/ijerph17051715
Web of Science (WoS)000522389200255
ID Code:16973
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:01 Jun 2020 12:56
Metadata Last Modified:01 Jun 2020 12:56

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