Despite advances in objective monitoring, much of recent health and behavioral research examining physical activity as an exposure or outcome relies on self-report as the principal method of assessment. This conference will focus on closing the gaps in self-report methods and is a timely companion effort to the 2009 synthesis of objective monitoring practices sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In order to meet the increasing demands for high-quality self-report measures in health and behavioral research, this workshop focuses on the creation of resources that will:
- Encourage novice researchers to develop basic skills for measuring physical activity and sedentary behavior by self-report.
- Allow experienced researchers to expand and refine their repertoire of appropriate physical activity and sedentary behavior measurement techniques.
The conference will be held over three days, with a half-day briefing session and two-day invitation-only think tank. A free webinar of the briefing session is available for physical activity researchers and practitioners who are not attending the think tank discussions in person. The purpose of the briefing session is to present a framework for physical activity measurement and a primer on special methodological topics. The two-day invitation-only think tank will focus on developing a research agenda within the framework of optimizing the value of self-reported measures of active and sedentary behaviors; reducing the sources of errors in self-reported instruments; and understanding methods to improve self-report in diverse populations.