Asessing Exercise Capacity
Exercise capacity should be measured as part of the initial assessment for entry into a pulmonary rehabilitation program. To evaluate the effectiveness of the program in relation to exercise capacity, the same assessment should be repeated at the completion of the program (see Program Evaluation).
Two commonly used and validated field tests of exercise capacity for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are:
1. The Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT)
2. The Incremental Shuttle Walk Test (ISWT)