Reference equation for 6-minute walk in individuals with Parkinson disease.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Parkinson's disease (Diagnosis)
Parkinson's disease (Care and treatment)
Walking (Health aspects)
Authors: Falvo, Michael J.
Earhart, Gammon M.
Pub Date: 12/31/2009
Publication: Name: Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Publisher: Department of Veterans Affairs Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Department of Veterans Affairs ISSN: 0748-7711
Issue: Date: Dec 31, 2009 Source Volume: 46 Source Issue: 9
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 227281556
Full Text: The distance walked in 6 minutes is commonly used for assessing an individual's functional exercise capacity. Considerable information is available describing how healthy adults perform this test, including equations that predict results based on factors such as age, sex, or weight. However, these equations do not apply to adults with Parkinson disease (PD), which suggests that unique aspects of PD influence walking and turning abilities. We present a prediction equation that is specific to adults with PD in order to better characterize their functional exercise capacity.

Michael J. Falvo, MS; Gammon M. Earhart, PT, PhD
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