Physical activity in pediatric onset multiple sclerosis: Validating a questionnaire for clinical practice and research

Dominique Kinnett-Hopkins, Stephanie A. Grover, E. Ann Yeh, Robert W. Motl*

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Abstract

Background Knowledge regarding physical activity (PA) and its benefits in pediatric onset multiple sclerosis (POMS) is growing and suggests high levels of inactivity. The utility of a validated screening tool for clinical settings is unknown. This study evaluated the Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire (GLTEQ) as a measure of PA in POMS. Methods POMS patients (n=27) and healthy controls (n=45) wore an accelerometer over a 7-day period and then completed the GLTEQ. Results The GLTEQ captured expected group differences in PA for vigorous, moderate, and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), confirmed by accelerometry. There was a large, positive correlation between GLTEQ and accelerometry scores for vigorous PA in POMS (r=0.736, p=0.001), and a nearly significant and moderate, positive correlation between MVPA scores (r=0.319, p=.053). Conclusion We provide evidence that supports the validity of GLTEQ scores as measures of vigorous and MVPA in POMS. Researchers and clinicians might adopt this scale for measuring PA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-29
Number of pages4
JournalMultiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Keywords

  • Measurement
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pediatric
  • Physical activity
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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