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Validating MOSPA questionnaire for measuring physical activity in Pakistani women

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1475-2891-5-18.fm ral ss BioMed CentNutrition Journal Open AcceResearch Validating MOSPA questionnaire for measuring physical activity in Pakistani women Romaina Iqbal1, Ghazala Rafique2, Salma Badruddin2, Rahat Qureshi2 and Katherine Gray-Donald*3 Address: 1Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, 237 Barton East, Hamilton ON L8L 2X2, Canada, 2Department of Community Health Sciences & Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aga Khan University, Stadium Road P.O. Box 3500, Karachi 74800, Pakistan and 3School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University, 21, 111 Lakeshore Road, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9, Canada Email: Romaina Iqbal - [email protected]; Ghazala Rafique - [email protected]; Salma Badruddin - [email protected]; Rahat Qureshi - [email protected]; Katherine Gray-Donald* - [email protected] * Corresponding author Abstract Background: Precise measurements of activity at a population level are important for monitoring trends and evaluating health promotion strategies. Few studies have assessed the measurement of physical activity in developing countries. The aim of this study was to validate the MOSPA (Monica Optional Study of Physical Activity) questionnaire which was developed for the WHO-Monitoring trends and determinants of cardiovasculr disease (MONICA) study sites. Methods: The MOSPA questionnaire assesses energy expendtiture (EE) related to physical activity (employment, household work, transportation, and leisure time) over a one year period. This questionnaire has been described in the manuscript as the long term (LT) questionnaire. An adapted short term (ST) 5 day questionnaire was developed to assess convergent validity. Questionnaire data were compared with physical activity EE estimates from a Caltrac accelerometer and with body composition measures (height, weight and bioelectrical impedance) in 50 women from the Aga Khan University (AKU) hospital antenatal clinics, Pakistan. Other forms of

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