Validation of the WHI brief physical activity questionnaire among women diagnosed with breast cancer

Am J Health Behav. Mar-Apr 2007;31(2):193-202. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.2.193.


Objective: To investigate the psychometric properties of the physical activity (PA) measure of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI).

Methods: Women diagnosed with breast cancer and enrolled in the Women's Healthy Eating and Living Study (average age 55 years) wore an accelerometer for 1 week and completed the 7-day Physical Activity Recall (PAR) and brief WHI measure.

Results: Both self-reports correlated 0.73 with the accelerometer and had 100% sensitivity for meeting the current PA guideline, but specificity was significantly higher for the PAR.

Conclusions: The WHI measure had comparable validity, sensitivity, and measurement bias compared to the widely accepted PAR.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms*
  • California
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mental Recall
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychometrics
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Women's Health