This article by Dr Mark Jopling describes the `get up and go’ test, which aids assessment of falls risk in elderly people. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include observing a patient sitting, standing, walking and turning.
After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
Observe patients when sitting, standing, walking and turning
List possible causes of abnormal gait
Recognise signs of Parkinsonism and increased falls risk
Activity author Dr Mark Jopling GP London United Kingdom
Activity reviewer Dr Julian Oram Consultant geriatrician London United Kingdom
Test author Dr Katie Collier GP Kent United Kingdom
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Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time. This activity is offered at no cost.
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