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The 6-min walk test in patients with COPD: walk this way!
  1. Sally J Singh1,2,
  2. Martijn A Spruit3,4,
  3. Thierry Troosters5,6,
  4. Anne E Holland7,8,9
  1. 1Centre for Exercise and Rehabilitation Science, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK
  2. 2School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  3. 3Department of Research and Education, CIRO+, Centre of Expertise for Chronic Organ Failure, Horn, The Netherlands
  4. 4Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, REVAL-Rehabilitation Research Center, BIOMED-Biomedical Research Institute, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium
  5. 5Respiratory Rehabilitation and Respiratory Division, University Hospital Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  6. 6Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  7. 7Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  8. 8Department of Physiotherapy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  9. 9Department of Physiotherapy, Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sally Singh, Centre for Exercise and Rehabilitation Science, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester LE3 9QP, UK; sally.singh{at}uhl-tr.nhs.uk

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As the co-chairs of the joint American Thoracic Society/European Thoracic Society (ATS/ERS) task force on field exercise testing we noted with interest the work by Beekman et al,1 who describe reference values for a 6-min walk test (6MWT) performed around a 10 m course. These authors have previously shown that walk distances on this track provoke a significantly shorter distance than on …

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