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[Patients on the move: validated methods to quantify physical activity].

Bakker, EA, Eijsvogels, TM, de Vegt, F, Busser, GS, Hopman, MT and Verbeek, A (2015) [Patients on the move: validated methods to quantify physical activity]. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 159. ISSN 1876-8784

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Physical activity is an important component in the maintenance and improvement of general health; physical inactivity is, however, an increasing problem in the Netherlands. Requests for advice on physical activity are increasing within the healthcare. Assessment of an individual's physical activity pattern is required to provide tailored advice. There are a number of methods for measuring physical activity; these are divided into subjective and objective methods. Subjective measures include physical activity questionnaires and diaries. Objective measures include indirect calorimetry, measurement with doubly labelled water, heart-rate monitoring and the use of an accelerometer or pedometer. The choice of method depends predominantly on the aim of the measurement, and the availability of personnel, time and financial resources. In clinical practice a validated questionnaire is usually the preferred method, but when measuring effects this should be combined with an objective measurement instrument.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Body Water; Calorimetry, Indirect; Energy Metabolism; Exercise; Humans; Monitoring, Physiologic; Netherlands; Observation; Physical Fitness; Reproducibility of Results; Sedentary Lifestyle; Surveys and Questionnaires
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Kluwer
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Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2016 12:16
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 13:30
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2836
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