Peak exercise capacity estimated from incremental shuttle walking test in patients with COPD: A methodological study
2006 (English)In: Respiratory research (Online), ISSN 1465-993X, Vol. 7, 127- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: In patients with COPD, both laboratory exercise tests and field walking tests are used to assess physical performance. In laboratory tests, peak exercise capacity in watts ( W peak) and/or peak oxygen uptake (VO2 peak) are assessed, whereas the performance on walking tests usually is expressed as distance walked. The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between an incremental shuttle walking test (ISWT) and two laboratory cycle tests in order to assess whether W peak could be estimated from an ISWT.
Methods: Ninety-three patients with moderate or severe COPD performed an ISWT, an incremental cycle test (ICT) to measure W peak and a semi-steady-state cycle test with breath-by-breath gas exchange analysis (CPET) to measure VO2 peak. Routine equations for conversion between cycle tests were used to estimate W peak from measured VO2 peak (CPET). Conversion equation for estimation of W peak from ISWT was found by univariate regression.
Results: There was a significant correlation between W peak and distance walked on ISWT x body weight (r=0.88, p<0.0001). The agreement between W peak measured by ICT and estimated from ISWT was similar to the agreement between measured W peak (ICT) and W peak estimated from measured VO2 peak by CPET.
Conclusion: Peak exercise capacity measured by an incremental cycle test could be estimated from an ISWT with similar accuracy as when estimated from peak oxygen uptake in patients with COPD.
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2006. Vol. 7, 127- p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-95527DOI: 10.1186/1465-9921-7-127ISI: 000241880600001PubMedID: 17044921OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-95527DiVA: diva2:169781