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Function In Sitting Test (FIST) Web-based Training


Function In Sitting Test (FIST) Web-based Training

Samuel Merritt University
Sharon Gorman, AGSF
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The Function In Sitting Test (FIST) was developed as a standardized measure of sitting balance. Multiple studies have linked sitting balance to improved function and activity, improved gait outcomes, and improved abilities to perform activities of daily living. Many patient populations have sitting balance deficits including those with neurologic dysfunction and the acutely ill. The FIST is a reliable and valid measure to capture sitting balance dysfunction and changes in sitting balance. This web-based training covers the psychometrics, administration, scoring, and documentation of the FIST.

Educational objectives: 

Upon completion of this web-based training, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the known psychometric properties of the Function In Sitting Test.
  • Examine sitting balance and function using the Function In Sitting Test.
  • Document and evaluate patient gains and results from the Function In Sitting Test.
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The documents are also available for download from the FIST website.

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Estimated time to complete: 
45 minutes
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No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
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Suggested Citation:
Sharon Gorman. Function In Sitting Test (FIST) Web-based Training. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2012 Available from: