The Physical Activity Scale for Individuals with Physical Disabilities: test-retest reliability and comparison with an accelerometer

Hidde P van der Ploeg, Kitty R M Streppel, Allard J van der Beek, Luc H V van der Woude, Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten, Willem van Mechelen

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BACKGROUND: The objective was to determine the test-retest reliability and criterion validity of the Physical Activity Scale for Individuals with Physical Disabilities (PASIPD).

METHODS: Forty-five non-wheelchair dependent subjects were recruited from three Dutch rehabilitation centers. Subjects' diagnoses were: stroke, spinal cord injury, whiplash, and neurological-, orthopedic- or back disorders. The PASIPD is a 7-d recall physical activity questionnaire that was completed twice, 1 wk apart. During this week, physical activity was also measured with an Actigraph accelerometer.

RESULTS: The test-retest reliability Spearman correlation of the PASIPD was 0.77. The criterion validity Spearman correlation was 0.30 when compared to the accelerometer.

CONCLUSIONS: The PASIPD had test-retest reliability and criterion validity that is comparable to well established self-report physical activity questionnaires from the general population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-100
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of physical activity & health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007


  • Disabled Persons
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity/physiology
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires

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