Development of a reliable measure of walking within and outside the local neighbourhood: RESIDE's neighborhood physical activity questionnarire.

Giles-Corti, Billie, Timperio, Anna, Cutt, Hayley, Pikora, Terri, Bull, Fiona, Knuiman, Matthew, Bulsara, Max, Van Niel, Kimberly and Shilton, Trevor 2006, Development of a reliable measure of walking within and outside the local neighbourhood: RESIDE's neighborhood physical activity questionnarire., Preventive Medicine., vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 455-459.

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Title Development of a reliable measure of walking within and outside the local neighbourhood: RESIDE's neighborhood physical activity questionnarire.
Author(s) Giles-Corti, Billie
Timperio, Anna
Cutt, Hayley
Pikora, Terri
Bull, Fiona
Knuiman, Matthew
Bulsara, Max
Van Niel, Kimberly
Shilton, Trevor
Journal name Preventive Medicine.
Volume number 42
Issue number 6
Start page 455
End page 459
Publisher Academic Press
Place of publication San Diego, Calif.
Publication date 2006-06
ISSN 0091-7435
1096-0260
Keyword(s) Environment
Neighborhood
Walking
Physical activity measurement
Urban design
Longitudinal
Summary Background: The RESIDential Environment project (RESIDE) is a longitudinal study evaluating the impact of a new residential design code on walking. Objective: To develop a reliable measure of walking – undertaken within and outside the neighborhood – and overall physical activity. Methods: A test–retest reliability study was undertaken (n = 82, mean age 39 years). The instrument was based on the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ-short version) and Active Australia Survey. It measured usual frequency and duration of (1) recreational- and transport-related walking within and outside the neighborhood and (2) other vigorous and moderate physical activities. Results: Reliability of recall of whether participants had walked within (k = 0.84) and outside (0.73) the neighborhood was acceptable. Similarly, recall of frequency and duration of transport and recreational-related walking within the neighborhood was excellent (ICC ≥ 0.82), as was recall of transport-related walking trips outside the neighborhood (ICC ≥ 0.84). Reliability for duration of recreational walking outside the neighborhood was fair to good (ICC = 0.55). The reliability of indices of total physical activity based on MET min/week (ICC = 0.82) and MET min/week dichotomized to ‘sufficient’ physical activity for health (kappa = 0.67) were both acceptable. Conclusions:  The Neighborhood Physical Activity Questionnaire (NPAQ) is sufficiently reliable for studies examining environmental correlates of walking within the neighborhood.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Elsevier Inc.
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