2023 年 35 巻 3 号 p. 257-264
[Purpose] This study aimed to compare the predictive accuracy of walking ability at discharge among subacute stroke inpatients at 6 months post-discharge in terms of community ambulation level and establish optimal cut-off values. [Participants and Methods] This prospective observational study included 78 patients who completed follow-up assessments. Patients were classified into three groups based on the Modified Functional Walking Category (household/most limited community walkers, least limited community walkers, and unlimited community walkers) obtained by telephone survey at 6 months post-discharge. Predictive accuracy and cut-off values for discriminating among groups were calculated from 6-minute walking distance and comfortable walking speed measured at the time of discharge using receiver operating characteristic curves. [Results] Between household/most limited and least limited community walkers, 6-minute walking distance and comfortable walking speed offered similar predictive accuracy (area under the curve, 0.6–0.7), with cut-off values of 195 m and 0.56 m/s, respectively. Between least limited and unlimited community walkers, the areas under the curve were 0.896 for 6-minute walking distance and 0.844 for comfortable walking speed, with cut-off values of 299 m and 0.94 m/s, respectively. [Conclusion] Walking endurance and walking speed among inpatients with subacute stroke provided superior predictive accuracy for unlimited community walkers at 6 months post-discharge.