Functional Assessment: The Six-Minute Walk Test for Clinical Researchers and Clinicians – Fall 2018

3 October-14 November, 2018

A 15-Hour Online Course Presented by Lisa Wickerson, BScPT, MSc

Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

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COURSE OVERVIEW

The six-minute walk test is a common outcome measure used in a variety of clinical populations to measure functional exercise capacity and evaluate the response to rehabilitation, medical, surgical and pharmacological interventions. Although published guidelines exist for the six-minute walk test, there is variability in test administration which can influence the results.

This course offers clinical researchers and clinicians a practical, skills-based, on-line course in administration of the six-minute walk test aimed at promoting and supporting best practices in clinical research and healthcare environments. During this online course, you will gain the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required to administer the six-minute walk test in various clinical populations including cardiorespiratory, neurological and geriatric populations. Learning methods will include narrated lectures, videos and case studies with guiding questions for self-reflection, multiple choice quizzes, asynchronous discussion board forums, and on-line office hours with the Course Instructor.

Online activities are equivalent to approximately 15-20 hours, and may be completed at any time during this period, day or night.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the conclusion of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the indications for a six-minute walk test and the variables measured
  • Accurately describe the measurement properties of the six-minute walk test
  • Identify factors that influence the six-minute walk distance
  • Outline the steps required to prepare, record and administer the six-minute walk test according to standardized guidelines
  • Interpret findings of the six-minute walk test using normative values and population-specific clinical important differences
  • Administer the six-minute walk test to a high standard in research and clinical settings

COURSE COMPONENTS

  • Five video mini-lectures
  • Four case studies and self-reflective questions, with accompanying asynchronous online discussion
  • Videos of administration of the six-minute walk test and self-reflective questions
  • Five multiple choice quizzes (an overall mark of 80% on the quizzes is required to obtain a course certificate)
  • Weekly Q&A webinars
  • Additional resources and readings

INSTRUCTOR

Lisa WickersonLisa Wickerson is a physiotherapist with over 15 years of clinical experience in functional assessment and exercise prescription in chronic lung diseases at the University Health Network in Toronto. She has a BScPT and MSc from the University of Toronto, and is currently pursuing a PhD. Lisa is a lecturer in the Masters of Physical Therapy program, and an instructor in the Oxygen Administration and Pulmonary Rehabilitation continuing education courses at the University of Toronto. Lisa was a co-investigator on a study that developed an equation to determine the predicted six-minute walk distance in healthy Canadians https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21967531.  

 

REGISTRATION

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Registration fees include all course materials

Early Bird Fee:          $230 (received on or before Wednesday, 19 September 2018)

Regular Fee:               $300 (received after Wednesday, 19 September 2018)

Registration Deadline:           26 September, 2018

Phone: (416) 946-8641 • Fax: (416) 946-8562

For further information please contact: pt.coned@utoronto.ca

Refund for withdrawal is subject to a $75.00 administration fee and must be requested at least 5 days prior to the commencement of the course.

The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel in cases of insufficient registration.