6 Minutes Walk Test (6MWT)

The six-minute walk test (6MWT) measures the distance an individual is able to walk over a total of six minutes on a hard, flat surface. The goal is for the individual to walk as far as possible in six minutes. The individual is allowed to self-pace and rest as needed as they traverse back and forth along a marked walkway.

Purpose:

  • To evaluate cardiovascular and respiratory disease
  • To assess functional capacity and evaluate undiagnosed exercise intolerance
  • To predict mortality and morbidity in specific patient groups
  • To evaluate unexplained dyspnoea and disproportionate symptoms to resting tests
  • To assess and aid prescription for oxygen therapy.
  • To evaluate response to therapy / intervention

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