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Table 3 Preferred instrument analysis, across selected variables.

From: An explorative qualitative study on acceptability of physical activity assessment instruments among primary care professionals in southern Sydney

  Preference 1: GPPAQ Preference 2: 3Q
Theoretical orientation ▪ Validated instrument designed to produce a short measure of PA in primary care patients aged 16–74 years.
▪ Administration of the instrument:
 ◦ FP
 ◦ PN
 ◦ Patient
 ◦ Other health care professionals [32]
▪ Designed for epidemiological surveillance purposes and adapted for use in family-practice.
▪ Administration of the instrument:
 ◦ FP
 ◦ PN
 ◦ Other health care professionals [18]
Length (number of questions) ▪ 7 questions.
▪ Additional sub-questions.
▪ Estimated completion time between ≤1 minute [32].
▪ 3 questions.
▪ Estimated completion time between ≤1 minute.
Outcome measures ▪ Provides a simple, 4 level PA index (PAI); Inactive, Moderately Inactive, Moderately Active or Active. ▪ Assigns patients based on outcome score to one of four categories; Minimal, Low, Adequate or High.
Terminology and/or language ▪ Simple language.
▪ Terminology typically used amongst lay-people.
▪ Technical used by exercise professionals.
▪ Terms used obtain unique definitions specific to PA assessment e.g. Vigorous and Moderate Intensity.
Range of PA settings considered ▪ 5 Occupational settings.
▪ 3 Planned exercise settings.
▪ 2 Home-based incidental settings.
▪ Discrete suggestions of incidental and planned exercise.
▪ No reference to specific environments or situations.
Use of explanatory text such as examples and scenarios ▪ 28 explicit examples, within scenarios. • 9 single-term examples of types of exercise e.g. jogging, walking or digging.
• Discrete definition for vigorous and moderate activity.
Use of explanatory text such as examples and scenarios ▪ 28 explicit examples within scenarios • 9 single-term examples of types of exercise Discrete definition for vigorous/moderate PA