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Using Google Street View to audit the built environment: inter-rater reliability results.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23054943     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Observational field audits are recommended for public health research to collect data on built environment characteristics. A reliable, standardized alternative to field audits that uses publicly available information could provide the ability to efficiently compare results across different study sites and time.
PURPOSE: This study aimed to assess inter-rater reliability of built environment audits conducted using Google Street View imagery.
METHODS: In 2011, street segments from St. Louis and Indianapolis were geographically stratified to ensure representation of neighborhoods with different land use and socioeconomic characteristics in both cities. Inter-rater reliability was assessed using observed agreement and the prevalence-adjusted bias-adjusted kappa statistic (PABAK).
RESULTS: The mean PABAK for all items was 0.84. Ninety-five percent of the items had substantial (PABAK ≥ 0.60) or nearly perfect (PABAK ≥ 0.80) agreement.
CONCLUSIONS: Using Google Street View imagery to audit the built environment is a reliable method for assessing characteristics of the built environment.
Cheryl M Kelly; Jeffrey S Wilson; Elizabeth A Baker; Douglas K Miller; Mario Schootman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine     Volume:  45 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1532-4796     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Behav Med     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-05     Completed Date:  2014-02-03     Revised Date:  2014-02-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510246     Medline TA:  Ann Behav Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S108-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Environment Design*
Maps as Topic*
Observer Variation*
Public Health / methods
Reproducibility of Results
Research Design
Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data*
Grant Support
1R21CA140937-01A2/CA/NCI NIH HHS; R01 AG010436/AG/NIA NIH HHS; R21 CA140937/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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