SIT-TO-STAND TEST

Equipment: 

  • Chair with a straight back without arm rests (seat 17” high), put against a wall so that the chair cannot move during the test
  • Timer Takei
  • Dynamometer

Purpose: To test lower body strength

First check if the participant is under 60 or over 60 years of age:

  • If the participant is UNDER 60 years, the test should done over 60 seconds
  • If the participant is 60 years or OVER, the test should be done over 30 seconds
    Demonstrate the test to the participant

Instructions to the participant:

  1. Sit in the middle of the chair.
  2. Place your hands on the opposite shoulder, crossing at the wrists.
  3. Keep your feet at on the floor.
  4. Keep your back straight and keep your arms against your chest.
  5. On “Go,” rise to a full standing position and then sit back down again.
  6. Repeat this for 30 seconds (or 60 seconds if participant is UNDER 60)
  • On the signal to begin, start the timer
  • Count the number of full repetitions the participant completes in the allocated 30 seconds (or 60 seconds) (one full repetition is defined as one full stand and one full sit)
  • Record the number of times the patient stands in the test period (30 seconds or 60 seconds)

If the participant has completed a full stand but not a full sit at the end of the time, this counts as one full stand towards their score.

If the participant cannot continue, they are permitted to stop and rest. The time keeps going.

If the participant cannot stand once, their test score is zero.

If the participant is unable to stand once, they should be permitted to use their hands or their mobility aid. Their score should be reported as an ‘adapted test score’ if the test is completed in these conditions. Any aids used should be reported with the test score.

Enter the test score (number of stands) into PharmOutcomes

If the participant has any difficulty doing the test (for example has balance problems, knee problems), please record this in the notes section on PharmOutcomes.