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Instruments Measuring Physical Activity in Individuals Who Use a Wheelchair: A Systematic Review of Measurement Properties

Published:October 10, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2019.09.006

      Abstract

      Objective

      To systematically review the evidence evaluating validity or reliability of self-reported and device-based instruments, to measure physical activity (PA) in individuals who use a wheelchair, and to make recommendations for the selection of PA outcomes tools.

      Data Sources

      PubMed, Embase, and CINAHL were systematically searched.

      Study Selection

      Studies reporting measurement properties of instruments to assess PA in individuals who use a wheelchair.

      Data Extraction

      The Consensus-Based Standards for the Selection of Health Status Measurement Instruments checklist was used to assess the methodological quality of the included studies. The measurement properties of instruments assessing PA were examined.

      Data Synthesis

      The search yielded 5341 records, 61 were considered relevant, 21 articles were included. A best evidence synthesis was performed on 9 studies including 4 self-reported instruments and 13 studies including 8 device-based instruments. One study evaluated both self-reported and device-based instruments. The overall methodological quality of all studies ranged from poor to excellent. Variable levels of evidence were found for both the validity and reliability for self-reported instruments and for criterion validity for device-based instruments.

      Conclusions

      The Physical Activity Scale for Individuals with Disabilities (PASIPD) and The Physical Activity Recall Assessment for People with Spinal Cord Injury (PARA-SCI) seem the most promising self-reported instruments for measuring the intensity of PA. Device-based instruments that can be used for measuring both the intensity and type of PA are the GENEActiv, Actigraph GT3X+, Actiheart, or the Physical Activity Monitor System (PAMS), showing moderate evidence for a positive rating of criterion validity. For measuring the type of PA, the PAMS and VitaMove are suitable, showing both good evidence for a positive rating of criterion validity.

      Keywords

      List of abbreviations:

      COSMIN (Consensus-Based Standards for the Selection of Health Measurement Instruments), CP (cerebral palsy), EE (energy expenditure), ICC (intraclass correlation coefficient), LTPAQ-SCI (Leisure Time Physical Activity Questionnaire for people with spinal cord injury), MWU (manual wheelchair user), PA (physical activity), PAEE (physical activity–associated energy expenditure), PAI-SCI (Physical Activity Inventory for patients with spinal cord injury), PAMS (Physical Activity Monitor System), PARA-SCI (Physical Activity Recall Assessment for People with Spinal Cord Injury), PASIPD (Physical Activity Scale for Individuals with Physical Disabilities), SB (spina bifida), SCI (spinal cord injury)
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