Physical activity assessment in cystic fibrosis: A position statement

Judy Bradley, Brenda O'Neill, Lisa Kent, Eric H. J. Hulzebos, Bert Arets, Helge Hebestreit

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Background: The aim of this position statement was to inform the choice of physical activity tools for use within CF research and clinical settings. Methods: A systematic review of physical activity tools to explore evidence for reliability, validity, and responsiveness. Narrative answers to “four key questions” on motion sensors, questionnaires and diaries were drafted by the core writing team and then discussed at the Exercise Working Group in ECFS Lisbon 2013. Results and summary: Our current position is that activity monitors such as SenseWear or ActiGraph offer informed choices to facilitate a comprehensive assessment of physical activity, and should as a minimum report on dimensions of physical activity including energy expenditure, step count and time spent in different intensities and sedentary time. The DigiWalker pedometer offers an informed choice of a comparatively inexpensive method of obtaining some measurement of physical activity. The HAES represents an informed choice of questionnaire to assess physical activity. There is insufficient data to recommend the use of one diary over another. Future research should focus on providing additional evidence of clinimetric properties of these and new physical activity assessment tools, as well as further exploring the added value of physical activity assessment in CF
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e25-32
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cystic Fibrosis
Issue number6
Early online date26 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


  • physical actiivty
  • Cystic Fibrosis


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