Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT)


Purpose of the measure

The Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) (Butland, Pang, Gross, Woodcock, & Geddes, 1982) is a functional walking test in which the distance that a client can walk within six minutes is evaluated. This test has been used to assess individuals with stroke (Kosak & Smith, 2005), head injury (Rossier & Wade, 2001), and Parkinson’s disease (Garber & Friedman, 2003), as well as pulmonary and cardiac diseases.

Please, refer also to the iWalkAssess app: The latest evidence-informed approach to walking assessment post-stroke (Click for the iWalk Toolkit)

Authors*: Mahnaz Hamidzadeh; Lisa Zeltzer, MSc OT
Editors: Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT; Elissa Sitcoff, BA BSc
Evidence reviewed as of before 07-11-2011

NOTE: *The authors have no direct financial interest in any tools,
tests or interventions presented in StrokEngine-assessment.