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  1. Fritz, Stacy L. MSPT, PhD
  2. Peters, Denise M. PT, DPT
  3. Greene, Jennifaye V. PT, MS, NCS


While standardized measures and physical performance tests are a vital component of evidenced-based practice, time constraints limit the number of measures that clinicians can administer. Walking speed (WS) is a feasible measure because it is safe, cost-effective, requires limited time and equipment, and is easy to interpret. In addition, the measure is reliable, has established norms, is responsive to change, and has predictive capability. This article reviews various ways to measure WS and suggestions for clinical use of the measure.