Table 3

Standardised instructions for the 6-min walk test

“The aim of this test is to walk as far as possible for six minutes. You will walk along this hallway between the markers, as many times as you can in six minutes.”
“I will let you know as each minute goes past and then at six 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 six minutes, but don’t run or jog.”
“Do you have any questions?”
  • Taken from the ERS/ATS Technical Standard [1].