This study aimed to describe Early Activity Scale for Endurance (EASE) scores and 6-minute walk test (6MWT) distances of children with cerebral palsy (CP) by functional ability level, sex, and age and to examine the convergent validity of the 2 tests.
A total of 708 participants with CP, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels I to V, completed the EASE, and 376 of the study participants (3-12years), GMFCS levels I to III, completed the 6MWT.
Children with CP vary in EASE scores and 6MWT distances based on GMFCS level and, to a lesser extent, age. The EASE and the 6MWT demonstrate a statistically significant but low, positive correlation.
Understanding the relationship between these outcomes and GMFCS levels and age assists clinicians in establishing plans of care targeted at improving endurance for activity and functional walking capacity for children with CP.
This study aimed to describe Early Activity Scale for Endurance scores and Six-Minute Walk Test distances of children with cerebral palsy by functional ability level, sex, and age; and to examine the convergent validity of the 2 tests.
Department of Physical Therapy (Dr Fiss), Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia; Department of Rehabilitation Science (Dr Jeffries), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Waypoint Pediatric Physical Therapy (Dr Yocum), Issaquah, Washington; Rehabilitation Medicine (Dr McCoy), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Correspondence: Alyssa LaForme Fiss, PT, PhD, PCS, Department of Physical Therapy, Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Dr, Davis Ste 100, Atlanta, GA 30341 (Fiss_AL@mercer.edu).
Grant Support: The On Track Study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (MOP # 119276) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Grant # 5321). The statements presented in this work are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, its Board of Governors, or Methodology Committee.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.