Comparing the 7-day physical activity recall with a triaxial accelerometer for measuring time in exercise.


Journal Article

PURPOSE: The primary study aim was to evaluate associations of estimated weekly minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity exercise from self-reports of the telephone-administered 7-Day Physical Activity Recall (7-Day PAR) with data captured by the RT3 triaxial accelerometer. METHODS: This investigation was undertaken as part of the FRESH START study, a randomized clinical trial that tested an iteratively tailored diet and exercise mailed print intervention among newly diagnosed breast and prostate cancer survivors. A convenience sample of 139 medically eligible subjects living within a 60-mile radius of the study center provided both 7-Day PAR and accelerometer data at enrollment. Ultimately, substudy subjects (n = 115) were found eligible for the FRESH START study and randomized to one of two study treatment arms. Follow-up assessments at year 1 (n = 103) and year 2 (n = 99) provided both the 7-Day PAR and the accelerometer data. RESULTS: There was moderate agreement between the 7-Day PAR and the accelerometer with longitudinal serial correlation coefficients of 0.54 (baseline), 0.24 (year 1), and 0.53 (year 2), all P values <0.01, although the accelerometer estimates for weekly time in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (PA) were much higher than those of the 7-Day PAR at all time points. The two methods were poorly correlated in assessing sensitivity to change from baseline to year 1 (rho = 0.11, P = 0.30). Using mixed models repeated-measures analysis, both methods exhibited similar nonsignificant treatment arm x time interaction P values (7-Day PAR = 0.22, accelerometer = 0.23). CONCLUSIONS: The correlations for three serial time points were in agreement with findings of other studies that compared self-reported time in exercise with PA captured by accelerometry. However, these methods capture somewhat different dimensions of PA and provide differing estimates of change over time.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sloane, R; Snyder, DC; Demark-Wahnefried, W; Lobach, D; Kraus, WE

Published Date

  • June 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1334 - 1340

PubMed ID

  • 19461530

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19461530

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1530-0315

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181984fa8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States