Utility of computer-assisted approaches for population surveillance of physical activity

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  • © 2014 Human Kinetics, Inc. Background: Computer-assisted techniques may be a useful way to enhance physical activity surveillance and increase accuracy of reported behaviors.Purpose: Evaluate the reliability and validity of a physical activity (PA) self-report instrument administered by telephone and internet.Methods: The telephone-administered Active Australia Survey was adapted into 2 forms for internet self-administration: survey questions only (internet-text) and with videos demonstrating intensity (internet-video). Data were collected from 158 adults (20-69 years, 61% female) assigned to telephone (telephone-interview) (n = 56), internet-text (n = 51), or internet-video (n = 51). Participants wore an accelerometer and completed a logbook for 7 days. Test-retest reliability was assessed using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC). Convergent validity was assessed using Spearman correlations.Results: Strong test-retest reliability was observed for PA variables in the internet-text (ICC = 0.69 to 0.88), internet-video (ICC = 0.66 to 0.79), and telephone-interview (ICC = 0.69 to 0.92) groups (P-values < 0.001). For total PA, correlations (?) between the survey and Actigraph+logbook were ? = 0.47 for the internet-text group, ? = 0.57 for the internet-video group, and ? = 0.65 for the telephone-interview group. For vigorous-intensity activity, the correlations between the survey and Actigraph+logbook were 0.52 for internet-text, 0.57 for internet-video, and 0.65 for telephone-interview (P < .05).Conclusions: Internet-video of the survey had similar test-retest reliability and convergent validity when compared with the telephone-interview, and should continue to be developed.
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  • Creamer M; Bowles HR; Von Hofe B; Gabriel KP; Kohl HW; Bauman A
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  • 1111
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  • 1119
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  • 11
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  • 6