The cognitive timed up-and-go dual task (CogTUG) has been proposed to improve the performance of the timed up-and-go (TUG) test for predicting falls in older patients and as a screening tool for early detection of frailty. We aimed to determine whether the CogTUG score is associated with a history of falls in frail older outpatients with gait disorders.
This retrospective study involved outpatients >75 years old with or without previous falls who were admitted from 2012 to 2014 to a geriatric day hospital for gait disorders. Patients took the TUG and CogTUG tests on the day of comprehensive geriatric assessment.
Among the 161 patients included (157 analyzed; mean age 84.4±6.2 years; 72% women), 84 (53.5%) had fallen in the previous year: 105 (66.9%) were considered pre-frail and 52 (33.1%) frail. As compared with non-fallers, fallers had lower Tinetti balance scores (P=0.0004) and handgrip strength (P=0.03), more lost weight (P=0.04), and they took longer to perform the TUG test (P=0.04). Fallers and non-fallers did not differ in time taken to perform the CogTUG test (30.7±11.2 vs. 28.5±10.2s, P=0.20). History of falls was associated with only weight loss (odds ratio 3.43; 95% CI 1.13–11.30, P=0.03) and handgrip strength (0.88; 0.78–0.97, P=0.02) on multivariate analysis.
Unlike TUG scores, the CogTUG score was not associated a history of falls in frail older outpatients with gait disorders. Our results underline that weight loss and low muscle strength are related to falls.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : TUG, Dual task TUG, Falls, Older age, Malnutrition, Handgrip strength, Frailty