Clinical use of objective measures of physical activity

Trost, Stewart G. and O'Neil, Margaret (2014) Clinical use of objective measures of physical activity. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48 3: 178-181. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-093173


Author Trost, Stewart G.
O'Neil, Margaret
Title Clinical use of objective measures of physical activity
Journal name British Journal of Sports Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-3674
1473-0480
Publication date 2014-02-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1136/bjsports-2013-093173
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 48
Issue 3
Start page 178
End page 181
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher B M J Group
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published Online First 5 December 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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