[PDF] An official European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society technical standard : field walking tests in chronic respiratory disease

European Respiratory Society - ERS
American Thoracic Society;European Respiratory Society (ERS)
Publication date:
30 October 2014


Field walking tests are commonly employed to evaluate exercise capacity, assess prognosis and evaluate treatment response in chronic respiratory diseases. In recent years, there has been a wealth of new literature pertinent to the conduct of the 6-min walk test (6MWT), and a growing evidence base describing the incremental and endurance shuttle walk tests (ISWT and ESWT, respectively). The aim of this document is to describe the standard operating procedures for the 6MWT, ISWT and ESWT, which can be consistently employed by clinicians and researchers. This Technical Standard for field walking tests reflects current evidence regarding procedures that should be used to achieve robust results.