Assessment bias : physical activity questionnaire assessment inadvertently influences patients’ desire to be ‘more physically active’
McPhail, Steven, Schippers, Mandy, & Marshall, Alison L. (2012) Assessment bias : physical activity questionnaire assessment inadvertently influences patients’ desire to be ‘more physically active’. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15(S1), S124-S124.
Evaluating physical activity is important for public health population research and evaluating lifestyle interventions among targeted groups. Self-reported questionnaires are frequently used to evaluate physical activity in a variety of contexts where resource or pragmatic limitations prohibit the use of more sophisticated approaches. However, prior research in the use of other patient reported outcomes in healthcare settings has highlighted that simply completing a questionnaire may change a patients’ behaviour or responses to subsequent questions. This methodology study aimed to examine whether completing a standard physical activity questionnaire altered patients responses to two related questions a) whether they are ‘sufficiently physically active’ and b) whether they desire ‘to be more physically active.’
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