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Selection, use and psychometric properties of physical activity measures to assess individuals with severe mental illness; a narrative synthesis

Selection, use and psychometric properties of physical activity measures to assess individuals with severe mental illness; a narrative synthesis

Soundy, Andrew, Roskell, Caroline, Stubbs, Brendon and Vancampfort, Davy (2014) Selection, use and psychometric properties of physical activity measures to assess individuals with severe mental illness; a narrative synthesis. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28 (2). pp. 135-151. ISSN 0883-9417 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2013.12.002)

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Abstract

This research provides a critical consideration of the outcome measures used to assess physical activity in individuals with severe mental illness. A narrative synthesis was utilised to provide a simple juxtapose of the current research. A sensitive topic-based search strategy was conducted in order to identify studies that met the eligibility criteria. Fifty two studies met the inclusion criteria and 5 were identified specially as validation studies. The current research identified several methodological shortcomings. The justification and choice of outcome measure used is often weak and only five studies have validated a specific outcome measure of physical activity. Within these validation studies, the validation process often lacked a consideration of agreement between measures. Accelerometers have been most frequently used as a criterion measure, notably the RT3 tri-axial accelerometer. Objective based measures may be best placed to consider physical activity levels, although, methodological considerations for the utilisation of such tools is required. Self-report questionnaires have benefits for use in this population but require further validation. Researchers and clinicians need to carefully consider what outcome measure they are using and be aware of the development, scope and purpose of that measure.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical activity, mental illness,
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 13:32
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10836

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