Screening physical activity in family practice: Validity of the Spanish version of a brief physical activity questionnaire

Anna Puig-Ribera, Carlos Martín-Cantera, Elisa Puigdomenech, Jordi Real, Montserrat Romaguera, José Félix Magdalena-Belio, Jose Ignacio Recio-Rodríguez, Beatriz Rodriguez-Martin, Maria Soledad Arietaleanizbeaskoa, Irene Repiso-Gento, Luis Garcia-Ortiz, M. A. Gómez Marcos, J. I. Recio Rodriguez, C. Patino Alonso, M. C. Castaño Sanchez, C. Rodriguez Martín, C. Agudo Conde, Y. Castaño Sanchez, E. Rodriguez Sanchez, L. J. Gonzalez ElenaC. Herrero Rodriguez, J. A. Maderuelo Fernandez, J. Canales Reina, E. Rodrigo De Pablo, M. L. Lasaosa Medina, M. J. Calvo Aponte, A. Rodriguez Franco, E. Briones Carrio, C. Martin Borras, R. Colominas Garrido, J. Anton Alvarez, M. T. Vidal Sarmiento, A. Viaplana Serra, S. Bermúdez Chillida, A. Tanasa, M. Romaguera Bosch, M. M. Domingo, A. Girona, N. Curós, F. J. Mezquiriz, L. Torrent, A. Cabrejas Sánchez, M. T. Pérez Rodriguez, M. L. García García, J. L. Bartolomé, F. Salcedo Aguilar, C. Fernández Alonso, A. De La Cal Fuente, N. Gutiérrez, L. Muñoz, M. Menéndez, I. Repiso, R. Sanz Cantalapiedra, L. M. Quintero González, S. De francisco Velasco, M. A. Diez García, E. Sierra Quintana, M. Cáceres, Amparo Gómez Arranz, Elisa Ibáñez Jalón, N. González Viejo, J. F. Magdalena Belio, L. Oteguillarduya, F. J. Rubio Galán, A. Melguizo Bejar, C. I. Sauras Yera, M. J. Gil Train, M. Iribarne Ferrer, M. A. Lafuente Ripolles, G. Grandes, A. Sanchez, N. Guenaga, V. Arce, E. Iturregui San Nicolás, R. A. Martín Santidrián, A. Zuazagoitia Rey-Baltar

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Copyright © 2015 Puig-Ribera et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Objectives: The use of brief screening tools to identify inactive patients is essential to improve the efficiency of primary care-based physical activity (PA) programs. However, the current employment of short PA questionnaires within the Spanish primary care pathway is unclear. This study evaluated the validity of the Spanish version of a Brief Physical Activity Assessment Tool (SBPAAT). Methods: A validation study was carried out within the EVIDENT project. A convenience sample of patients (n = 1,184; age 58.9±13.7 years; 60.5% female) completed the SBPAAT and the 7-day Physical Activity Recall (7DPAR) and, in addition, wore an accelerometer (ActiGraph GT3X) for seven consecutive days. Validity was evaluated by measuring agreement, Kappa correlation coefficients, sensitivity and specificity in achieving current PA recommendations with the 7DPAR. Pearson correlation coefficients with the number of daily minutes engaged in moderate and vigorous intensity PA according to the accelerometer were also assessed. Comparison with accelerometer counts, daily minutes engaged in sedentary, light, moderate, and vigorous intensity PA, total daily kilocalories, and total PA and leisure time expenditure (METs-hour-week) between the sufficiently and insufficiently active groups identified by SBPAAT were reported. Results: The SBPAAT identified 41.3%sufficiently active (n = 489) and 58.7% insufficiently active (n = 695) patients; it showed moderate validity (k = 0.454, 95% CI: 0.402-0.505) and a specificity and sensitivity of 74.3%and 74.6%, respectively. Validity was fair for identifying daily minutes engaged in moderate (r = 0.215, 95% CI:0.156 to 0.272) and vigorous PA (r = 0.282, 95% CI:0.165 to 0.391). Insufficiently active patients according to the SBPAAT significantly reported fewer counts/minute (-22%), fewer minutes/day of moderate (-11.38) and vigorous PA (-2.69), spent fewer total kilocalories/day (-753), and reported a lower energy cost (METs-hour-week) of physical activities globally (-26.82) and during leisure time (-19.62). Conclusions: The SBPAAT is a valid tool to identify Spanish-speaking patients who are insufficiently active to achieve health benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0136870
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2015


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