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J Pediatr. 2007 Apr;150(4):395-9, 399.e1-2.

Six-minute walk test in children and adolescents.

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Department of Pediatrics, Clinical Division of Cardiology, Pulmology, Allergology, and Cystic Fibrosis, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria. ralf.geiger@i-med.ac.at

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the 6-minute walking distance (6MWD) for healthy Caucasian children and adolescents of a population-based sample from the age of 3 to 18 years.

STUDY DESIGN:

Two hundred and eighty boys and 248 girls completed a modified test, using a measuring wheel as incentive device.

RESULTS:

Median 6MWD increased from the age of 3 to 11 years in boys and girls alike and increased further with increasing age in boys (from 667.3 m to 727.6 m), whereas it essentially plateaued in girls (655.8 m to 660.9 m). After adjusting for age, height (P = .001 in boys and P < .001 in girls) remained independently correlated with the 6MWD. In the best fitting and most efficient linear and quadratic regression models, the variables age and height explained about 49% of the variability of the 6MWD in boys and 50% in girls.

CONCLUSION:

This modified 6-minute walk test (6MWT) proved to be safe, easy to perform, and highly acceptable to children. It provides a simple and inexpensive means to measure functional exercise capacity in children, even of young age, and might be of value when conducting comparable studies.

PMID:
17382117
DOI:
10.1016/j.jpeds.2006.12.052
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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