Does the 2-minute walk test predict the 6-minute walk test?
The six-minute walk test (6MWT) is used by many clinicians, the distance achieved by participants correlates well with their level of potential functional ability.
The authors suggest that the two-minute walk test (2MWT) allows sufficient indication of the walking ability of the individual, without the need to complete a full 6 minutes.
Both test were performed in an identical method, with no additional encouragement and the administrator avoiding pacing by walking behind the participant. The distance walked in this time is noted and the test was considered completed if the time is completed or if the participant sits down.
The results showed a strong predictive quality of the 2MWT towards the 6MWT across a diverse range of amputees, with limited community ambulators not reaching the 113-meter mark within two minutes.
> From: Reid et al., J Rehabil Med 47 (2015) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the Pubmed summary.
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