Development and validation of the online self-reported walking and exercise questionnaire (OSWEQ)

Natalie Jayne Taylor, Scott E. Crouter, Rebecca J. Lawton, Mark T. Conner, Andy Prestwich

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Background: Precise measurement of physical activity (PA) is required to identify current levels and changes in PA within a population, and to gauge effectiveness of interventions. Methods: The Online Self-reported Walking and Exercise Questionnaire (OSWEQ) was developed for monitoring PA via the Web. Forty-nine participants (mean ± SD; age = 27 ± 11.9yrs) completed the OSWEQ and International PA Questionnaire (IPAQ) short form 3 times [T1/T2/T3 (separated by 7-days)] and wore an Actigraph-GT3X-accelerometer for 7-days between T2-T3. For each measure, estimates of average MET·min· day-1 and time spent in moderate PA (MPA), vigorous PA (VPA) and moderate and vigorous PA (MVPA) were obtained. Results: The OSWEQ and IPAQ demonstrated test-retest reliability for MPA, VPA, and MVPA minutes and average MET·min·day-1 between T1-T2 (OSWEQ range, r = .71-.77; IPAQ range, r = .59-.79; all, P < .01). The OSWEQ and IPAQ, compared with the GT3X, had lower estimates (mean error ± 95% PI) of MVPA MET·min·day-1 by 150.4 ± 477.6 and 247.5 ± 477.5, respectively. Conclusions: The OSWEQ demonstrates good test-retest reliability over 7-days and better group level estimates of MET·min·day-1 than the IPAQ, compared with the GT3X. These results suggest that the OSWEQ is a reliable and valid measure among young/working age adults and could be useful for monitoring PA trends over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1091-1101
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


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