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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
SILVA, Rita de Cassia Gengo e et al. Distances walked in the six-minute walk test: suggestion of defining characteristic for the nursing diagnosis Ineffective Peripheral Tissue Perfusion. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.2, pp. 251-258. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692012000200006.
Distances walked in walking tests are important functional markers, although they are not accepted as defining characteristics of Ineffective Peripheral Tissue Perfusion. The aims of this study were to verify the distances participants with and without this nursing diagnosis walked in the six-minute walk test and if these measures may be considered defining characteristics of this phenomenon. Participants with (group A; n=65) and without (group B; n=17) this nursing diagnosis were evaluated regarding physical examination, vascular function and functional capacity. Participants of group A seemed to have worse vascular function and functional capacity compared with those of group B. Pain-free travelled distance was predictive of the nursing diagnosis. These results are important for the refinement of this diagnosis. In conclusion, this study provides evidences that the distances walked in the six-minute walk test may be considered defining characteristics of Ineffective Peripheral Tissue Perfusion.
Keywords : Nursing Diagnosis; Walking; Intermittent Claudication; Validation Studies.