Measurement properties of the CHAMPS physical activity questionnaire in a sample of older Australians

E. V. Cyarto*, A. L. Marshall, R. K. Dickinson, W. J. Brown

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Background: The effective evaluation of physical activity interventions for older adults requires measurement instruments with acceptable psychometric properties that are sufficiently sensitive to detect changes in this population. Aim: To assess the measurement properties (reliability and validity) of the Community Healthy Activities Model Program for Seniors (CHAMPS) questionnaire in a sample of older Australians. Methods: CHAMPS data were collected from 167 older adults (mean age 79.1 S.D. 6.3 years) and validated with tests of physical ability and the SF-12 measures of physical and mental health. Responses from a sub-sample of 43 older adults were used to assess 1-week test-retest reliability. Results: Approximately 25% of participants needed assistance to complete the CHAMPS questionnaire. There were low but significant correlations between the CHAMPS scores and the physical performance measures (rho = 0.14-0.32) and the physical health scale of the SF-12 (rho = 0.12-0.24). Reliability coefficients were highest for moderate-intensity (ICC = 0.81-0.88) and lowest for vigorous-intensity physical activity (ICC = 0.34-0.45). Agreement between test-retest estimates of sufficient physical activity for health benefits (≥150 min and ≥5 sessions per week) was high (percent agreement = 88% and Cohen's kappa = 0.68). Conclusion: These findings suggest that the CHAMPS questionnaire has acceptable measurement properties, and is therefore suitable for use among older Australian adults, as long as adequate assistance is provided during administration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-326
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes


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