Clinical use of objective measures of physical activity

Trost, Stewart G. & O'Neil, Margaret (2014) Clinical use of objective measures of physical activity. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(3), pp. 178-181.

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Abstract

With measurement of physical activity becoming more common in clinical practice, it is imperative that healthcare professionals become more knowledgeable about the different methods available to objectively measure physical activity behaviour. Objective measures do not rely on information provided by the patient, but instead measure and record the biomechanical or physiological consequences of performing physical activity, often in real time. As such, objective measures are not subject to the reporting bias or recall problems associated with self-report methods. The purpose of this article was to provide an overview of the different methods used to objectively measure physical activity in clinical practice. The review was delimited to heart rate monitoring, accelerometers and pedometers since their small size, low participant burden and relatively low cost make these objective measures appropriate for use in clinical practice settings. For each measure, strengths and weakness were discussed; and whenever possible, literature-based examples of implementation were provided.

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ID Code: 71522
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: ISI Document Delivery No.: AA5IE
Times Cited: 1
Cited Reference Count: 38
Trost, Stewart G. O'Neil, Margaret
Bmj publishing group
London
Keywords: all-cause mortality, cerebral-palsy, energy-expenditure, children, fitness, health, prevention, pedometers, inactivity, longevity
DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-093173
ISSN: 0306-3674
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 13 May 2014 04:34
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 00:04

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