Using timed up-and-go to identify frail members of the older population

George M Savva, Orna A Donoghue, Frances Horgan, Claire O'Regan, Hilary Cronin, Rose Anne Kenny

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Fried's definition of frailty is widely used but its measurement is problematic. Timed up-and-go (TUG) is a simple measure of mobility that may be a useful proxy for frailty. Here, we describe the distribution of frailty and TUG in the older population of Ireland and discuss the extent to which TUG identifies the frail and prefrail populations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-446
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journals of Gerontology, Series A
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Fatigue
  • Female
  • Frail Elderly
  • Gait
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Hand Strength
  • Humans
  • Ireland
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Mobility Limitation
  • Psychomotor Performance
  • ROC Curve
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Walking
  • Weight Loss

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