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Addressing overreporting on the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) telephone survey with a population sample.
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PMID:  12740079     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine a possible problem of overreporting and to describe the degree of error with the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) short telephone protocol. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study, using two different physical activity (PA) self-report protocols. SETTING: Telephone interviews about PA in Belgium. SUBJECTS: Fifty adults who had previously been interviewed with IPAQ in a national survey. RESULTS: Seventy-five per cent reported less PA with the modified procedure than with the IPAQ. Twenty-three of the 50 individuals were found to have reported some amounts of PA with the IPAQ (either walking, or vigorous or moderate PA) when they should have reported none. In total, based on their revised reports of PA, 50% fewer persons met PA recommendations than was the case with IPAQ. The overreporting could not be related to types of error-prone individuals. CONCLUSIONS: Overreporting of PA in population samples is a serious problem that could be reduced by implementing procedure changes without changing the IPAQ items themselves.
Randy Rzewnicki; Yves Vanden Auweele; Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1368-9800     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2003 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-12     Completed Date:  2003-10-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  299-305     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Physical Education and Physical Therapy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Tervuursevest 101, B3000 Leuven, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Surveys
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Questionnaires / standards*
Self Disclosure*

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