Feasibility and Reliability of Two Different Walking Tests in People With Severe Intellectual and Sensory Disabilities

Aly Waninge, I.E. Evenhuis, R. Van Wijck, Cees van der Schans

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Abstract

Background  The purpose of this study is to describe feasibility and test–retest reliability of the six-minute walking distance test (6MWD) and an adapted shuttle run test (aSRT) in persons with severe intellectual and sensory (multiple) disabilities. Materials and Methods  Forty-seven persons with severe multiple disabilities, with Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) grade I and II and wearing a heart rate monitor, performed the 6MWD and the aSRT twice. Results  Ninety-six per cent of the participants completed both tests successfully. Wilcoxon signed-rank test revealed no significant differences between test and retest (P < 0.05). Intraclass correlation coefficients for all variables were ≥0.90. Limits of agreement for aSRT in GMFCS II subjects were insufficient. Conclusion  Six-minute walking distance test is feasible and reliable for measuring functional exercise capacity in GMFCS I and II participants with severe multiple disabilities. aSRT is feasible and reliable for measuring aerobic capacity in GMFCS I participants. Compared with others, participants with severe multiple disabilities achieved poor results in 6MWD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518–527
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of applied research in intellectual disabilities
Early online date9 Jun 2011
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Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2011

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Feasibility and Reliability of Two Different Walking Tests in People With Severe Intellectual and Sensory Disabilities. / Waninge, Aly; Evenhuis, I.E.; Van Wijck, R. ; van der Schans, Cees.

In: Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, 09.06.2011, p. 518–527 .

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