Comparison of two 6-minute walk tests to assess walking capacity in polio survivors.

Comparison of two 6-minute walk tests to assess walking capacity in polio survivors. J Rehabil Med. 2017 Sep 20;: Authors: Brehm MA, Verduijn S, Bon J, Bredt N, Nollet F Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare walking dynamics and test-retest reliability for 2 frequently applied walk tests in polio survivors: the 6-minute walk test (6MWT) to walk as far as possible; and the 6-minute walking energy cost test (WECT) at comfortable speed. DESIGN: Observational study. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-three polio survivors, able to walk ≥ 150 m. METHODS: On the same day participants performed a 6MWT and a WECT, which were repeated 1-3 weeks later. For each test, distance walked, heart rate and reduction in speed were assessed. RESULTS: The mean distance walked and mean heart rate were significantly higher in the 6MWT (441 m (standard deviation) (SD 79.7); 118 bpm (SD 19.2)) compared with the WECT (366 m (SD 67.3); 103 bpm (SD 14.3)); p 
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