Journal article

Walking the boundaries: using the 6-min walk test for accurate assessment of the level of fitness in breast clinic outpatients

Lei Ying, Jeong-Moh John Yahng, Melanie Fisher, Koen Simons, Sophie Nightingale

ANZ Journal of Surgery | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Healthy levels of physical activity and improved fitness have shown better quality of life outcomes and improved survival in women with breast cancer. There is a lack of baseline data for fitness levels in breast cancer outpatients in Australia. METHODS: A single centre cross-sectional study was performed to provide a snapshot of the fitness levels of women attending the Surgical and Oncology Breast Outpatient Clinic at Western Health, Melbourne. A total of 200 women (aged 18-85 years) were surveyed and the 6-min walk test (6MWT) was performed. Single and multiple linear regression analyses were performed. RESULTS: The mean 6-min walk distance (6MWD) was 486.6 m (95% CI ±12.8 m),..

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