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The Incremental Shuttle Walk Test (ISWT)

Incremental Shuttle Walk Test CD

 The progressive 10 metre shuttle walking test enables the operator to monitor the functional capacity of patients with COPD. 

It is a sensitive test that can be used on a wide range of patients with varying severity of disability. The equipment is very simple, all you need is a CD or MP3 player and two markers placed 9 metres apart. 

This test can be used by all medical personnel and does not require access to laboratory equipment.


  • Singh SJ, Morgan MDL, Scott S, et al. Development of a shuttle walking test of disability in patients with chronic airways obstruction.  Thorax 1992;47:1019-24
  • Singh SJ, Morgan MDL, Hardman AE, et al. Comparison of oxygen uptake during a conventional treadmill test and the shuttle walk test in chronic airflow limitation.  Eur Respir J 1994;7:2016-20

  • Sewell L, Singh SJ, Williams JE, Collier R, Morgan MDL (2005). Can Individualised Rehabilitation improve functional independence in elderly patients with COPD. Chest; 128; 1194-1200.

If you wish to order the ISWT, which is available on either CD or USB flash drive, please click on the link below to download our order form and submit to us at:

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Dept

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Glenfield Hospital
Groby Road

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