Occupational physical activity: Reliability and comparison of activity levels

Yore, Michelle M., Ham, Sandra A., Ainsworth, Barbara E., Macera, Caroline A., Jones, Deborah A. and Kohl III, Harold (2005) Occupational physical activity: Reliability and comparison of activity levels. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2 3: 358-365.

Author Yore, Michelle M.
Ham, Sandra A.
Ainsworth, Barbara E.
Macera, Caroline A.
Jones, Deborah A.
Kohl III, Harold
Title Occupational physical activity: Reliability and comparison of activity levels
Journal name Journal of Physical Activity and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-3080; 1543-5476
Publication date 2005-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 358
End page 365
Total pages 8
Editor Jennifer M. Hootman
Harold W. Kohl III
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Abstract Background: In 2001, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) included a new occupational physical activity (PA) question. This article evalu-ates the reliability of this survey question. Methods: Forty-six subjects were followed for 3 wk, answered 3 PA surveys by telephone, and completed daily PA logs for 1 wk. Kappa statistics determined the reliability of occupational activities (sitting/standing, walking, and heavy lifting). A descriptive analysis compared the time in specific occupational activities. Results: Eighty percent of the respondents reported “mostly sitting or standing” at work; and test–retest reliability was moderate (k = 0.40 to 0.45). The occupationally inactive sat/stood for 85% (mean hours = 5.6) of the workday, whereas the occupationally active sat/stood for 53% (mean hours = 3.9) of the workday. Conclusions: The BRFSS occupational activity question has moderate reliability, distinguishes between occupationally active and inactive persons, and can be used in surveillance systems to estimate adult occupational PA.
Keyword Exercise
Survey
Validation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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