The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) is a sub-maximal aerobic field test that assesses the distance a patient can walk in 6 minutes, on a horizontal, flat, hard surface, at his/her own pace and self-selected walking speed. The aim of this study is to provide data and reference values of the distance covered during the 6MWT by hospitalized adolescent students with psychotic disorders.
The research involved hospitalized students of Special Junior High School with Senior High School Classes of the Psychiatric Department for Children and Adolescents at “George Papanikolaou” General Hospital, in Thessaloniki Greece, who had their first hospital admission within the last three school years (2018-2021). The results revealed that the average age of these adolescents was 16.38±1.19 years. The 6MWT took place during the Physical Education course, as an integral part of the overall motor and functional assessment of students with mental disorders. The average distance covered within the six minutes of the test was 591.48± 64.01 meters.
Although the findings of our research are the first published data on the application of 6MWT in a purely adolescent population diagnosed with psychotic disorders only, further research is needed to confirm and generalize them.