Repeatability of the six-minute walk test and relation to physical function in survivors of a critical illness

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
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Physical Therapy, 2012, 92 (12), pp. 1556 - 1563
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Objectives. To evaluate, in survivors of a critical illness: 1) the repeatability of the 6MWT performed at home; 2) the effect on estimates of change in functional exercise capacity if only one 6MWT was performed at follow-up assessments; 3) the relationship between physical functioning (PF) score of the SF-36 and the 6MWT. Design. Repeated measures of 6MWT and SF-36 Health Survey Methods. Eligible participants had an ICU length of stay 48 hours and mechanically ventilated for 24 hours. Two 6MWT and the SF-36 were conducted in participants homes at Weeks 1, 8, and 26 after hospital discharge.
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