Journal article

Clinical determinants of the 6-Minute Walk Test in bronchiectasis

AL Lee, BM Button, S Ellis, R Stirling, JW Wilson, AE Holland, L Denehy

RESPIRATORY MEDICINE | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) is a widely used measurement of functional exercise capacity in chronic lung disease. While exercise intolerance has been identified in patients with bronchiectasis, the clinical determinants of the 6MWT in this population have not been examined. The aim of this study was to 1) establish the relationship between the 6-Minute Walk Distance (6MWD), disease severity and Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) and 2) identify predictors of exercise tolerance in adults with bronchiectasis. METHODS: The 6MWT was performed in 27 patients with bronchiectasis (mean [SD] FEV(1) 73.9% predicted [23.4]). Disease severity was assessed using spirometry and HRCT sco..

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