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Article: Validity of the international physical activity questionnaire short form (IPAQ-SF): A systematic review

TitleValidity of the international physical activity questionnaire short form (IPAQ-SF): A systematic review
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Issue Date2011
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ijbnpa.org/
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International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2011, v. 8, article no. 115 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: The International Physical Activity Questionnaire - Short Form (IPAQ-SF) has been recommended as a cost-effective method to assess physical activity. Several studies validating the IPAQ-SF have been conducted with differing results, but no systematic review of these studies has been reported.Methods: The keywords "IPAQ", "validation", and "validity" were searched in PubMed and Scopus. Studies published in English that validated the IPAQ-SF against an objective physical activity measuring device, doubly labeled water, or an objective fitness measure were included.Results: Twenty-three validation studies were included in this review. There was a great deal of variability in the methods used across studies, but the results were largely similar. Correlations between the total physical activity level measured by the IPAQ-SF and objective standards ranged from 0.09 to 0.39; none reached the minimal acceptable standard in the literature (0.50 for objective activity measuring devices, 0.40 for fitness measures). Correlations between sections of the IPAQ-SF for vigorous activity or moderate activity level/walking and an objective standard showed even greater variability (-0.18 to 0.76), yet several reached the minimal acceptable standard. Only six studies provided comparisons between physical activity levels derived from the IPAQ-SF and those obtained from objective criterion. In most studies the IPAQ-SF overestimated physical activity level by 36 to 173 percent; one study underestimated by 28 percent.Conclusions: The correlation between the IPAQ-SF and objective measures of activity or fitness in the large majority of studies was lower than the acceptable standard. Furthermore, the IPAQ-SF typically overestimated physical activity as measured by objective criterion by an average of 84 percent. Hence, the evidence to support the use of the IPAQ-SF as an indicator of relative or absolute physical activity is weak. © 2011 Lee et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/144611
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.993
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.216
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Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Funding Information:

This research was part of the project "FAMILY: A Jockey Club Initiative for a Harmonious Society" funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

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dc.contributor.authorLee, PHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMacfarlane, DJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, THen_HK
dc.contributor.authorStewart, SMen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-03T06:15:44Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-03T06:15:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2011, v. 8, article no. 115en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1479-5868en_HK
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dc.description.abstractBackground: The International Physical Activity Questionnaire - Short Form (IPAQ-SF) has been recommended as a cost-effective method to assess physical activity. Several studies validating the IPAQ-SF have been conducted with differing results, but no systematic review of these studies has been reported.Methods: The keywords "IPAQ", "validation", and "validity" were searched in PubMed and Scopus. Studies published in English that validated the IPAQ-SF against an objective physical activity measuring device, doubly labeled water, or an objective fitness measure were included.Results: Twenty-three validation studies were included in this review. There was a great deal of variability in the methods used across studies, but the results were largely similar. Correlations between the total physical activity level measured by the IPAQ-SF and objective standards ranged from 0.09 to 0.39; none reached the minimal acceptable standard in the literature (0.50 for objective activity measuring devices, 0.40 for fitness measures). Correlations between sections of the IPAQ-SF for vigorous activity or moderate activity level/walking and an objective standard showed even greater variability (-0.18 to 0.76), yet several reached the minimal acceptable standard. Only six studies provided comparisons between physical activity levels derived from the IPAQ-SF and those obtained from objective criterion. In most studies the IPAQ-SF overestimated physical activity level by 36 to 173 percent; one study underestimated by 28 percent.Conclusions: The correlation between the IPAQ-SF and objective measures of activity or fitness in the large majority of studies was lower than the acceptable standard. Furthermore, the IPAQ-SF typically overestimated physical activity as measured by objective criterion by an average of 84 percent. Hence, the evidence to support the use of the IPAQ-SF as an indicator of relative or absolute physical activity is weak. © 2011 Lee et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.en_HK
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dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ijbnpa.org/en_HK
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dc.identifier.emailMacfarlane, DJ: djmac@hku.hken_HK
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