Mode of administration does matter: Comparability study using IPAQ

Felipe De Magalhães Bandeira, Matheus Pintanel Freitas, Mitzi László, Marcelo Cozzensa Da Silva, Pedro Curi Hallal, Airton José Rombaldi

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This study compared all-domains and domain-specific physical activity scores assessed through four variations of the IPAQ long version: (a) typical week, administered by an interviewer; (b) typical week, self-administered; (c) past seven days, interviewer-administered; (d) past seven days, self-administered. The sample included 38 physical education college students. Self-reported scores were in general twice higher than interview-administered scores, regardless the recall period used. In terms of domain-specific scores, occupational physical activity scores generated by self-report were 6-7 times greater than those originated from interviews. The same trend was observed for household physical activity. Transport physical activity scores did not change according to the mode of administration. In terms of leisure-time physical activity, scores were similar except for the interviewer-administered past seven days, whose scores were lower than the other three versions of IPAQ. In conclusion, the mode of administration of IPAQ does matter; higher scores are obtained through self-report as compared to interviews, probably by misinterpretation of the instrument in self-report mode. The recall period had little effect on physical activity estimates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-374
Number of pages5
JournalMotriz. Revista de Educacao Fisica
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Physical activity
  • Physical activity assessment
  • Questionnaires
  • Reproducibility of results
  • Validity of tests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)


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