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6 MINUTE WALKING TEST (6MWT)

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6 MINUTE WALKING TEST (6MWT)

1. The 6MWT is a functional walking test which measures the distance that a patient can walk on a flat, hard surface in a period of 6 minutes. It is used to determine functional capacity.
2. The 6MWT requires the patient to walk at the fastest speed over a period of 6 minutes.
3. Walking is performed along a 30 m walking course.
4. The subject is permitted to use a walking aid if required & allowed to rest during the course of walking.

ADVANTAGES
5. The 6MWT is quick and easy to administer, requiring no specialized equipment or training.
6. Reflects the sub-maximal aerobic capacity, more reflective in performance of ADLs.

DISADVANTAGES
7. Not suitable for use with those unable to ambulate.


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REFERENCES

1. Wilkinson, I. (2017). Oxford handbook of clinical medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2. Hannaman, R. A., Bullock, L., Hatchell, C. A., & Yoffe, M. (2016). Internal medicine review core curriculum, 2017-2018. CO Springs, CO: MedStudy.
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Ⓒ A. Manickam 2018

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