Measuring Physical Activity in Young People with Cerebral Palsy: Validity and Reliability of the ActivPAL™ Monitor
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Physiotherapy Research International
How to Cite
Bania, T. (2014), Measuring Physical Activity in Young People with Cerebral Palsy: Validity and Reliability of the ActivPAL™ Monitor. Physiother. Res. Int.. doi: 10.1002/pri.1584
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 5 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Received: 23 MAY 2013
- National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. Grant Number: 487321
- cerebral palsy;
- reproducibility of results;
Background and purpose
We determined the criterion validity and the retest reliability of the ActivPAL™ monitor in young people with diplegic cerebral palsy (CP).
Activity monitor data were compared with the criterion of video recording for 10 participants. For the retest reliability, activity monitor data were collected from 24 participants on two occasions. Participants had to have diplegic CP and be between 14 and 22 years of age. They also had to be of Gross Motor Function Classification System level II or III. Outcomes were time spent in standing, number of steps (physical activity) and time spent in sitting (sedentary behaviour).
For criterion validity, coefficients of determination were all high (r2 ≥ 0.96), and limits of group agreement were relatively narrow, but limits of agreement for individuals were narrow only for number of steps (≥5.5%). Relative reliability was high for number of steps (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.87) and moderate for time spent in sitting and lying, and time spent in standing (intraclass correlation coefficients = 0.60–0.66). For groups, changes of up to 7% could be due to measurement error with 95% confidence, but for individuals, changes as high as 68% could be due to measurement error.
The results support the criterion validity and the retest reliability of the ActivPAL™ to measure physical activity and sedentary behaviour in groups of young people with diplegic CP but not in individuals. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.