Research priorities for child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviours: an international perspective using a twin-panel Delphi procedure

Date

2013-10-24

Authors

Gillis, Lauren
Tomkinson, Grant
Olds, Timothy
Moreira, Carla
Christie, Candice
Nigg, Claudio
Cerin, Ester
Sluijs, Esther Van
Stratton, Gareth
Janssen, Ian

Journal Title

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Volume Title

Publisher

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Abstract

Background: The quantity and quality of studies in child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviour have rapidly increased, but research directions are often pursued in a reactive and uncoordinated manner. Aim: To arrive at an international consensus on research priorities in the area of child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Methods: Two independent panels, each consisting of 12 experts, undertook three rounds of a Delphi methodology. The Delphi methodology required experts to anonymously answer questions put forward by the researchers with feedback provided between each round. Results: The primary outcome of the study was a ranked set of 29 research priorities that aimed to be applicable for the next 10 years. The top three ranked priorities were: developing effective and sustainable interventions to increase children’s physical activity long-term; policy and/or environmental change and their influence on children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour; and prospective, longitudinal studies of the independent effects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on health. Conclusions: These research priorities can help to guide decisions on future research directions.

Description

BioMed Central

Keywords

Physical activity, Sedentary behaviour, Research priorities, Children, Adolescents

Citation

Gillis et al.: Research priorities for child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviours: an international perspective using a twin-panel Delphi procedure. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 10:112.