Timed-up-and-go (TUG) as a generic objective measure of function in neurosurgery. Relationship to subjective measures of pain and function and quality of life

Automatically Closed · 2014 until 2015

Clinical Studies
Multicentric, KSSG as participating partner
Automatically Closed
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End Date
Self Financed
Study Design
prospective, observational study
lumbar spine surgery; objective outcome; subjective outcome; timed-up-and-go-test; measurement; lumbar disc herniation; lumbar decompression; spinal canal stenosis; spondylodesis surgery; thoracolumbar fusion; questionnaire
Service de Neurochirurgie, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
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Brief description/objective

This prospective, observational study examines the relationship between pain, functional disability and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) with the result of a simple test, the “timed-up-and-go”-Test (TUG-test) in patients with lumbar spinal degenerative diseases. Correlating the test-results to validated scores, the authors propose to determine if the TUG-test could be used as a likewise accurate assessment of pain, functional disability and HRQoL, comparable to validated questionnaires used in the daily assessment of patients with lumbar spinal degenerative diseases. A one-year follow-up of 300 patients is planned. With the anonymized participation of this study, no patient will experience a change in his treatment plan and medical confidentiality will be kept. A valuable and fast estimation of the patient’s condition might be drawn from the results of this study. It is furthermore examined, whether the TUG-test after surgery features predicitve capacity for both the short- and longterm clinical outcomes. In addition, the test-retest reliability of the TUG-test is determined and a validity nested study is performed for the general population across all adult age groups.