Impact of the Number of Steps on the Fukuda Stepping Test in Older Adults

Nicole Paquet, Deborah A. Jehu, Yves Lajoie

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Aims: This study aimed to compare performance, within-subject variability and test-retest reliability between the 50-step and 100-step Fukuda test in healthy older adults. Methods: Fifty participants aged between 65 and 75 years performed three trials of both the 50-and 100-step tests on two separate sessions seven days apart. Their final foot position was measured relative to the starting line. Results: Absolute values of body rotation and lateral and longitudinal displacements were significantly larger on the 100-step than on the 50-step test. The mean standard deviations of these measures on the three trials were significantly larger on the 100-compared to the 50-step test, indicating larger within-subject variability. Intraclass correlation coefficients were similar for both tests, suggesting comparable test-retest reliability. Conclusion: The 50-step test is recommended over the 100-step as it may have reduced measurement error.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-111
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Fukuda stepping test
  • older adults
  • test-retest reliability
  • vestibular rehabilitation
  • within-subject variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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