The sitting-rising test is an easy-to-administer test which provides a significant and efficient prediction of mortality risk in elders. It was initially developed in the 1990s. In one study of subjects between the ages of 51 and 80, those who had the lowest score range were 5-6 times more likely to die within the study period (about 6 years) than those in the group with the highest scores.
Subjects are told by the evaluator "Without worrying about the speed of movement, try to sit and then to rise from the floor, using the minimum support that you believe is needed." The maximum possible score for is 10: 5 points for sitting down and 5 points for getting back up. Use of a hand, forearm knee, or the side of their leg on the ground, or their hand on their own knee, each result in a deduction of one point, down to a minimum possible score of 0. An additional 0.5 points is deducted if the evaluator perceives an unsteady execution or partial loss of balance. If they lose points on the first few tries, the evaluator provides some advice to help them improve their score on subsequent tries. Their best scores for sitting and rising are used in their final score.
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