Relations Between 6 Minute Walking Distance and 10 Meter Walking Speed in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 07/11/2012
Dalgas U et al. – The findings show that walking speeds of a short walking test and a long walking test are strongly correlated in both patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and patients with stroke, whereas correlations in healthy subjects are weaker.Methods
- Cross–sectional observational study.
- University hospital and sport science department.
- Patients with MS (n=38), patients with stroke (n=48), and healthy subjects (n=46).
- Patients were participants in other clinical trials.
- Walking speed in a 10m walk test and a 6 minute walk test was compared.
- Despite differences in absolute walking speed between long and short tests, strong correlations were found between both the tests in patients with MS (r=.95) and in patients with stroke (r=.94), whereas a more moderate correlation was found in healthy controls (r=.69–.70).