How do older adults respond to active australia physical activity questions? Lessons from cognitive interviews

Heesch, Kristiann C., Van Uffelen, Jannique G.Z. and Brown, Wendy J. (2014) How do older adults respond to active australia physical activity questions? Lessons from cognitive interviews. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 22 1: 74-86. doi:10.1123/JAPA.2012-0175


Author Heesch, Kristiann C.
Van Uffelen, Jannique G.Z.
Brown, Wendy J.
Title How do older adults respond to active australia physical activity questions? Lessons from cognitive interviews
Journal name Journal of Aging and Physical Activity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1063-8652
1543-267X
Publication date 2014-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1123/JAPA.2012-0175
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 1
Start page 74
End page 86
Total pages 13
Place of publication Champaign, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2015
Abstract The aim of this study was to examine older adults' understanding and interpretation of a validated questionnaire for physical activity surveillance, the Active Australia Survey (AAS). To address this aim, cognitive interviewing techniques were used during face-to-face semistructured interviews with 44 adults age 65-89 years. Qualitative data analysis revealed that participants were confused with questionnaire phrasing, misunderstood the scope of activities to include in answers, and misunderstood the time frame of activities to report. They also struggled to accurately estimate the frequency and duration of their activities. Our findings suggest that AAS questions may be interpreted differently by older adults than intended by survey developers. Findings also suggest that older adults use a range of methods for calculating PA frequency and duration. The issues revealed in this study may be useful for adapting AAS for use in older community-dwelling adults
Keyword Aged
Elderly
Exercise
Qualitative methods
Questionnaire
Survey
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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