Journal article

A Narrative Review on Measurement Properties of Fixed-distance Walk Tests Up To 40 Meters for Adults With Knee Osteoarthritis.

Hiral Master, Grace Coleman, Fiona Dobson, Kim Bennell, Rana S Hinman, Jason T Jakiela, Daniel K White

Journal of Rheumatology | Published : 2020

Abstract

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a serious disease and has no cure to date. Knee OA is a leading cause of functional limitation (e.g., difficulty walking). Walking speed is 1 method of quantifying difficulty with walking and should be assessed in clinical practice for adults with knee OA because it has prognostic value and is modifiable. Specifically, slow walking speed is associated with increased risk of adverse health outcomes, including all-cause mortality in adults with knee OA and can be modified by engaging in physical activity or exercise. However, at present, there is little consensus on the distance and instructions used to conduct the walk test. Distance is often selected based on spac..

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