Turn and Touch test (TAT)

The Turn and Touch test (TAT) is designed to me measure the ability to turn.

The patient is positioned facing a wall with the assessor standing next to and behind the patient being prepared to catch the patient if necessary. A sticker (post-it) with a marked x is placed on the wall. The patient is now instructed to turn, alternating left and right while touching the mark after each turn. After it is insured that the patient can perform the task correctly and safely, the patient is instructed to repeat six turns in alternating directions “as fast as possible, but without compromising safety or cause excessive discomfort”. This task is repeated after a short brake. Both trials of six turns are timed with a stopwatch. The TAT score is the fastest trial of the two which is performed without compromising safety or excessive discomfort.


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