Research priorities for child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviours : an international perspective using a twin-panel Delphi procedure

Gillis, Lauren and Tomkinson, Grant and Olds, Timothy and Moreira, Carla and Christie, Candice and Nigg, Claudio and Cerin, Ester and Van Sluijs, Esther and Stratton, Gareth and Janssen, Ian and Dorovolomo, Jeremy and Reilly, John and Mota, Jorge and Zayed, Kashef and Kawalski, Kent and Andersen, Lars and Carrizosa, Manuel and Tremblay, Mark and Chia, Michael and Hamlin, Mike and Thomas, Non and Maddison, Ralph and Biddle, Stuart and Gorely, Trish and Onywera, Vincent and Van Mechelen, Willem (2013) Research priorities for child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviours : an international perspective using a twin-panel Delphi procedure. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10. 112. ISSN 1479-5868

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    Abstract

    BACKGROUND: The quantity and quality of studies in child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviour have rapidly increased, but research directions are often pursued in a reactive and uncoordinated manner. AIM:To arrive at an international consensus on research priorities in the area of child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviour. METHODS:Two independent panels, each consisting of 12 experts, undertook three rounds of a Delphi methodology. The Delphi methodology required experts to anonymously answer questions put forward by the researchers with feedback provided between each round. RESULTS:The primary outcome of the study was a ranked set of 29 research priorities that aimed to be applicable for the next 10years. The top three ranked priorities were: developing effective and sustainable interventions to increase children's physical activity long-term; policy and/or environmental change and their influence on children's physical activity and sedentary behaviour; and prospective, longitudinal studies of the independent effects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on health. CONCLUSIONS:These research priorities can help to guide decisions on future research directions.