What instructions should be given to the patient in a six-minute walk test (6mwt)?

Updated: May 14, 2020
  • Author: Kevin McCarthy, RPFT; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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The following standardized instructions should be read to the patient:

The aim of this test is to walk as far as possible for 6 minutes. You will walk along this hallway between the markers, as many times as you can in 6 minutes.

I will let you know as each minute goes past, and then at 6 minutes I will ask you to stop where you are.

Six minutes is a long time to walk, so you will be exerting yourself. You are permitted to slow down, to stop, and to rest as necessary, but please resume walking as soon as you are able.

Remember that the objective is to walk as far as possible for 6 minutes, but don’t run or jog.

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