Floor transfer test for assessing people with chronic stroke

Sheung Mei Shamay Ng, Shirley S.M. Fong, Carrie W.L. Chan, Fiona M.C. Fung, Peter K.W. Pang, Nancy N.L. Tsang, Carson L.H. Yeung, Patrick W.H. Kwong, Mun Yee Mimi Tse, Wing Cheung Eric Tam

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Objective: To investigate: (i) intra-rater, inter-rater and testretest reliability of the Timed Floor Transfer Test (FTT); (ii) validity of FTT times with stroke-specific impairments and functional mobility; and (iii) cut-off time that best discriminates people with stroke from healthy older adults. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: University-based rehabilitation laboratory. Subjects: Forty-seven people with stroke and 35 healthy older adults. Methods: FTT completion times were measured along with a Fugl-Meyer assessment of the lower extremities (FMA-LE); Five Times Sit-To-Stand Test (FTSTST) completion times, Berg Balance Scale (BBS) scores; Timed "Up & Go" (TUG) test; and assessment using the Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale (ABC). Results: FTT completion times showed good to excellent intra-rater, inter-rater and test-retest reliability. The minimal detectable change of FTT completion times was 7.7 s. A cut-off time of 8.8 s was found to discriminate well between people with stroke and healthy older adults. The FTT times showed significant negative correlation with FMA-LE scores and BBS scores, and significant positive correlation with FTSTS completion times and TUG times. Conclusion: The FTT is a reliable clinical test for assessing the floor-transfer ability of people with chronic stroke.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-494
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Balance
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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