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Clin Rehabil. 2012 Aug;26(8):733-40. doi: 10.1177/0269215511427750. Epub 2011 Dec 14.

Reproducibility, validity and responsiveness of the 200-metre fast walk test in patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation.

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Pôle Rééducation-Réadaptation, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Dijon, Dijon, France. vincent.gremeaux@chu-dijon.fr

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the reliability, validity and responsiveness of the 200-metre fast walk test in patients with coronary artery disease engaged in a cardiac rehabilitation programme.

DESIGN:

Descriptive study.

SETTING:

Tertiary care hospital.

SUBJECTS:

Thirty stable patients with coronary artery disease (51.9 ± 8.7 years), referred to the cardiac rehabilitation department after an acute coronary syndrome.

INTERVENTION:

Not applicable.

MAIN MEASURES:

Six-minute walk test distance, time to perform the 200-m fast walk test, peak power output of the graded maximal exercise test, before and after the programme; SF-36 quality of life questionnaire at baseline. Walk tests were performed twice at baseline to assess reliability.

RESULTS:

The 200-m fast walk test was highly reliable (ICC = 0.97). It was significantly correlated with the graded maximal exercise test peak power and the 6-minute walk test at baseline (r = -0.417; P < 0.05; and r = -0.566; P < 0.01, respectively) and after the training programme (r = -0.460, P < 0.05; and r = -0.926; P < 0.01, respectively). At baseline, there was a strong correlation between the 200-m fast walk test time and the physical component score of the SF-36 (r = -0.77; P < 0.01), but not between the 200-m fast walk test time and the SF-36 mental component score. Mean 200-m fast walk test time was significantly different between the patients performing ≤90 W (n = 11) or ≥100 W (n = 19) at the baseline graded maximal exercise test (121.7 ± 13.6 vs. 115.5 ± 10.1 seconds; P < 0.05). The responsiveness was strong with a standardized response mean at 1.11.

CONCLUSION:

The 200-m fast walk test is a reliable, valid and responsive high-intensity walk test in patients with coronary artery disease after an acute coronary syndrome. It can thus give additional information to that given by the 6-minute walk test and the graded maximal exercise test.

PMID:
22169828
DOI:
10.1177/0269215511427750
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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