Reference equations for the six-minute walk in healthy adults.

  title={Reference equations for the six-minute walk in healthy adults.},
  author={Paul L. Enright and Duane L. Sherrill},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  volume={158 5 Pt 1},
  • P. EnrightD. Sherrill
  • Published 1 November 1998
  • Medicine
  • American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
Key MethodIn order to establish reference equations for prediction of the total distance walked during six minutes (6MWD) for healthy adults, we administered the standardized 6-min walk test to 117 healthy men and 173 healthy women, aged 40 to 80 yr. Oxygen saturation (SaO2), pulse rate, and the degree of dyspnea (Borg scale) were determined before and at the end of the walk. The median distance walked was 576 m for men and 494 m for women. The 6MWD was significantly less for men and women who were older…

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