Improving self-reports of active and sedentary behaviors in large epidemiologic studies

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2012 Jul;40(3):118-26. doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e31825b34a0.


Questionnaires that assess active and sedentary behaviors in large-scale epidemiologic studies are known to contain substantial errors. We present three options for improving measures of physical activity behaviors in large-scale epidemiologic studies, discuss the problems and prospects for each of these options, and highlight a new direction for measuring these behaviors in such studies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cognition
  • Epidemiologic Studies
  • Exercise*
  • Humans
  • Mental Recall
  • Sedentary Behavior*
  • Self Report*