Questionnaires Measuring Physical Activity in Clinical Pediatric Populations: A Systematic Review

Si Min Lew, Christal K.L. Hewlett, Daniel Anderson, Matthew Finberg, Leo Ng, Angela L. Spence, Andrew Maiorana, Vinutha B. Shetty, Raymond J. Davey

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PURPOSE: Regular physical activity (PA) is a cornerstone therapy for many childhood chronic health conditions, and questionnaires offer a simple method for monitoring PA and identifying children who do not meet clinical practice guidelines. The purpose of this systematic review is to determine which questionnaires are most efficacious for assessing PA in children with chronic health conditions. METHODS: Systematic literature searches were conducted through ProQuest, MEDLINE, Scopus, and SPORTDiscus from January 2010 to August 2020 to identify studies that measured PA with a validated questionnaire in children and adolescents aged 3-18 years old with chronic health conditions. In eligible studies, the validity and reliability of questionnaires were identified, and the modified COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health status Measurement INstruments checklist and Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluations were used to assess the quality and strength of evidence and risk of bias. RESULTS: Four thousand four hundred and seventy-eight references were extracted, and 10 articles were included for review. From 10 eligible studies, 6 questionnaires were identified, none of which adequately measure PA in clinical pediatric populations. CONCLUSION: Questionnaires to adequately measure PA in children with chronic conditions are lacking. This compromises the identification of those who do not meet PA guidelines, limiting the opportunity to identify and address factors contributing to low PA levels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-60
Number of pages13
JournalPediatric Exercise Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2023


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