Is walking endurance associated with activity and participation late after stroke?

Disabil Rehabil. 2011;33(21-22):2053-7. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2011.560329. Epub 2011 Mar 14.


Purpose: After stroke, impaired walking ability may affect activity and participation. The aim was to investigate whether self-reported activity and participation were associated with walking endurance late after stroke.

Method: A non-randomised sample of 31 persons with a mean age of 59.7 years and time since stroke of 7-10 years was studied. Walking endurance was measured by the 6-minute walk test (6MWT). Self-reported activity and participation were measured by the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly and the Stroke Impact Scale. Relationships were analysed with linear regression.

Results: A regression model including activities of daily living and 6MWT explained 44%, mobility and 6MWT explained 25% and a model including physical activity level and 6MWT explained 21% of the variation in activity. Regarding participation, the explanatory level of the model of participation and 6MWT was 30%.

Conclusions: Walking distance several years after stroke was partly associated with self-reported difficulties in activity and participation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Exercise Test*
  • Female
  • Gait
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity
  • Physical Endurance
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Stroke / physiopathology
  • Stroke Rehabilitation*
  • Time Factors
  • Walking*