The 2-minute walk test as a measure of functional improvement in persons with lower limb amputation Journal Articles uri icon

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  • OBJECTIVE: To determine the construct validity and responsiveness of the 2-minute walk test as a measure of function in individuals with lower extremity amputation. DESIGN: The distances walked in 2 minutes were compared with the results on the physical functioning subscale of the Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form 36-Item Health Survey (SF-36) and the Houghton Scale. SETTING: Regional amputee rehabilitation program. PATIENTS: Retrospective data from 290 patients (mean age, 66yr) with unilateral transtibial, unilateral transfemoral, or bilateral amputations. INTERVENTION: Repeated testing. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Distance walked in 2 minutes, SF-36 (aggregated into physical and mental composite scores), and the Houghton score. We also examined the change in the distance before and after a rehabilitation program. RESULTS: The distance walked in 2 minutes showed a weak correlation with the physical functioning subscale of the SF-36 (r = .22, p = .008) and a moderate correlation with the total Houghton score at discharge from rehabilitation (r = .493, p


  • Brooks, Dina
  • Parsons, Janet
  • Hunter, Judith P
  • Devlin, Michael
  • Walker, Janice

publication date

  • October 2001