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Measuring walking speed seems like a simple test but, it is a robust one. The walking speed test consists of exactly what its name specifies - patients are measured on the speed with which they can walk a specific distance. Its simplicity and ease of use have made it a popular test for assessing everything from functional status to the need for rehabilitation. Therapists have coined the phrase ‘the sixth vital sign’ as a useful way to describe the powerfully predictive nature of walking speed
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