Repeatability of the endurance shuttle walk test in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Pui Ching Shirley Ngai, Lissa M. Spencer, Alice Y.M. Jones, Jennifer A. Alison

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review


Learning effects through repeated practice have been reported for some field walking tests. However, the repeatability of ESWT at various time points, i.e. within the same day, within the week and one week apart, has not been examined. Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate the repeatability of ESWT overtime to determine whether or not a learning effect existed. Methods: Twenty-two participants diagnosed with COPD [age 71 ± 6 years; FEV1% predicted 54 ± 24%] were recruited. Participants performed two incremental shuttle walk tests to determine the walking speed for the ESWT and a practice ESWT (Ep) to determine whether the ESWT level was appropriate. ESWT 1(E1) and ESWT 2(E2) were performed on the same day, 30 min apart; ESWT 3(E3) was performed within a week from E2; ESWT 4(E4) was performed one week after E3. Duration walked in each ESWT was recorded. The repeatability of the four ESWTs was analyzed using repeated measures analysis of variance. Results: The mean durations of E1 to E4 were 368 ± 203 s, 371 ± 182 s, 386 ± 213 s and 367 ± 223 s, respectively, with no time effect (F=0.18, P=0.79). Conclusion: There was no evidence of learning effect when ESWT was repeated within one day, within one week and one week apart, once the appropriate baseline level was established, showing that ESWT is repeatable in people with moderate COPD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)875-880
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Respiratory Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • COPD
  • ESWT
  • repeatability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Genetics(clinical)

Cite this