Validation of a three-month physical activity recall questionnaire with a seven-day food intake and physical activity diary

Epidemiology. 1991 Jul;2(4):296-9. doi: 10.1097/00001648-199107000-00011.


We assessed the validity of a three-month physical activity questionnaire. The validation instrument was a seven-day self-report diary of physical activity and food intake, given to 113 randomly selected persons. We obtained Spearman correlations of 0.60, 0.48, and 0.91 and kappa scores of 0.36, 0.23, and 0.62 from the physical activity recall and diary for moderate, vigorous, and total activity. We conclude that the three-month recall questionnaire reasonably reflects activity in this community-based sample.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Diet*
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Records*
  • Mental Recall
  • Middle Aged
  • Random Allocation
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires