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Measuring walking within and outside the neighborhood in Chinese elders : reliability and validity

Cerin, Ester, Barnett, Anthony, Sit, Cindy H.P., Cheung, Man-chin, Lee, Lok-chun Janet, Ho, Sai-yin and Chan, Wai-man 2011, Measuring walking within and outside the neighborhood in Chinese elders : reliability and validity, BMC public health, vol. 11, no. 851, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-851.

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Title Measuring walking within and outside the neighborhood in Chinese elders : reliability and validity
Author(s) Cerin, Ester
Barnett, Anthony
Sit, Cindy H.P.
Cheung, Man-chin
Lee, Lok-chun Janet
Ho, Sai-yin
Chan, Wai-man
Journal name BMC public health
Volume number 11
Issue number 851
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1471-2458
Keyword(s) actigraphy
aged
80 and over
female
Hong Kong
Summary Background : Walking is a preferred, prevalent and recommended activity for aging populations and is influenced by the neighborhood built environment. To study this influence it is necessary to differentiate whether walking occurs within or outside of the neighborhood. The Neighborhood Physical Activity Questionnaire (NPAQ) collects information on setting-specific physical activity, including walking, inside and outside one's neighborhood. While the NPAQ has shown to be a reliable measure in adults, its reliability in older adults is unknown. Additionally its validity and the influence of type of neighborhood on reliability and validity have yet to be explored. Methods : The NPAQ walking component was adapted for Chinese speaking elders (NWQ-CS). Ninety-six Chinese elders, stratified by social economic status and neighborhood walkability, wore an accelerometer and completed a log of walks for 7 days. Following the collection of valid data the NWQ-CS was interviewer-administered. Fourteen to 20 days (average of 17 days) later the NWQ-CS was re-administered. Test-retest reliability and validity of the NWQ-CS were assessed. Results : Reliability and validity estimates did not differ with type of neighborhood. NWQ-CS measures of walking showed moderate to excellent reliability. Reliability was generally higher for estimates of weekly frequency than minutes of walking. Total weekly minutes of walking were moderately related to all accelerometry measures. Moderate-to-strong associations were found between the NWQ-CS and log-of-walks variables. The NWQ-CS yielded statistically significantly lower mean values of total walking, weekly minutes of walking for transportation and weekly frequency of walking for transportation outside the neighborhood than the log-of-walks. Conclusions : The NWQ-CS showed measurement invariance across types of neighborhoods. It is a valid measure of walking for recreation and frequency of walking for transport. However, it may systematically underestimate the duration of walking for transport in samples that engage in high levels of this type of walking.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-11-851
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, BioMed Central
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055833

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