Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-4047
Title: Validation of the long international physical activity questionnaire : influence of age and language region
Authors : Wanner, Miriam
Probst-Hensch, Nicole
Kriemler, Susi
Meier, Flurina
Autenrieth, Christine
Martin, Brian W.
Published in : Preventive Medicine Reports
Volume(Issue) : 3
Pages : 250
Pages to: 256
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Adult; Measurement property; Self-report physical activity; Validity
Subject (DDC) : 305: Social groups
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Objective. Little is known about the influence of age, gender and language on the measurement properties of the long International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). The aim was to validate the long IPAQ in adults aged 18–84 in the German-, French- and Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland, focusing on differences between gender, age groups and language regions. Methods. This cross-sectional study was conducted in the frame of SAPALDIA (Swiss Cohort Study on Air Pollution and Lung and Heart Disease in Adults) in 2011. 346 participants (54.6% women, mean age 54.6 years) wore an Actigraph GT3X accelerometer during 8 days and completed the IPAQ. IPAQ and accelerometer data on total physical activity and on different intensities as well as sitting time were compared using Spearman correlations and Bland–Altman plots. Results. Correlations were highest for vigorous physical activity (r = 0.41) and sitting time (r = 0.42). Significant gender differences were apparent for leisure-time physical activity (men: r = 0.35 versus women: r = 0.57, p = 0.012) and for sitting time (men: r = 0.28 versus women: r = 0.53, p = 0.007). Differences between age groups were present for sitting time (youngest: r = 0.72 versus middle: r = 0.36, p b 0.001; youngest versus oldest: r = 0.34, p = 0.001). Differences between language regions were present for vigorous physical activity (German: r = 0.28 versus Italian: r = 0.53, p = 0.033). IPAQ overestimated physical activity but underestimated sitting time. Conclusion. The long IPAQ showed moderate validity similar to other studies when compared to accelerometer data in a diverse sample of individuals. Some sex, age and regional differences were observed but do not seem to limit its applicability in population sub groups.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.03.003
10.21256/zhaw-4047
ISSN: 2211-3355
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/12965
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