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Six Minute Walk Test

Overview and Statistics

 

Purpose: Assesses submaximal aerobic capacity/endurance through measuring distance walked in 6 minutes

Diagnoses Assessed:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Stroke
  • SCI
  • MS
  • Geriatrics
  • Parkinson's
  • COPD

Disease-Specific Statistical Breakdown:

 Alzheimer's Disease:

  • MDC=33.47 meters
  • Test-retest reliability=.98
  • Intra-rater reliability=.99
  • Inter-rater reliability=.99

‚ÄčStroke:

  • MDC (chronic)=34.37 meters; MDC (subacute)=60.98 meters
  • MCID=50 meters
  • Test-retest reliability=.99
  • Intra-rater reliability=.74
  • Inter-rater reliability=.78

SCI:

  • MDC=45.8 meters
  • Intra-rater reliability=.99
  • Inter-rater reliability=.99

Geriatrics:

  • MDC=58.21 meters
  • MCID=50 meters
  • Test-retest reliability=.95

Parkinsons/Parkinsonism

  • MDC=82 meters
  • Test-retest reliability=.95-.96

COPD

  • MDC=54 meters
  • MCID=54 meters

Resources

1. Rehab measures: 6 Minute Walk Test. Rehabilitation Measures Database Web site. 2013. Available at: http://www.rehabmeasures.org/Lists/RehabMeasures/PrintView.aspx?ID=895. Accessed March 17, 2014.