Let's Talk the Talk of the New 6-Minute Walk webcast


In 2002, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) published the first guidelines for the Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) to reduce testing variability.1,2 Since this publication,3 evidence on the performance, interpretation and outcomes of this test has significantly grown.4

Furthermore, other tests that measure exercise tolerance in subjects with disease or subjects who have undergone a medical intervention have emerged.

In response, the ATS and European Respiratory Society (ERS) released an update of the 6MWT guidelines in 2014, renaming the document Field Testing to include other protocols.

Course summary

This webcast provides an in-depth review of the new guidelines, showing special attention to the standardization of test performance and a comparison of the changes made since the initial publication. 

Questions and answers

Read lecturer Carl D. Mottram's answers to frequently asked post-presentation questions about this webcast.


This program is approved for 1 hour of CRCE credit.

This webcast is approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

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Learning objectives

Describe the specifics of the new guidelines while highlighting the changes to the original 6MWT recommendations


Review the shuttle walk technique recommendations


Identify the clinical application and techniques, and intepret results of the test