Validity of the occupational sitting and physical activity questionnaire (OSPAQ) for home-based office workers during the COVID-19 global pandemic: a secondary analysis

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Dillon, Kirsten, Hiemstra, Madison, Mitchell, Marc, Bartmann, Nina, Rollo, Scott, Gardiner, Paul A. and Prapavessis, Harry. 2021. "Validity of the occupational sitting and physical activity questionnaire (OSPAQ) for home-based office workers during the COVID-19 global pandemic: a secondary analysis." Applied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society. 97, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2021.103551
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Validity of the occupational sitting and physical activity questionnaire (OSPAQ) for home-based office workers during the COVID-19 global pandemic: a secondary analysis

ERA Journal ID13416
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDillon, Kirsten (Author), Hiemstra, Madison (Author), Mitchell, Marc (Author), Bartmann, Nina (Author), Rollo, Scott (Author), Gardiner, Paul A. (Author) and Prapavessis, Harry (Author)
Journal TitleApplied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society
Journal Citation97, pp. 1-11
Article Number103551
Number of Pages11
Year2021
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
ISSN0003-6870
1872-9126
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2021.103551
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003687021001988?via%3Dihub
Abstract

High levels of occupational sitting is an emerging health concern. As working from home has become a common practice as a result of COVID-19, it is imperative to validate an appropriate self-report measure to assess sitting in this setting. This secondary analysis study aimed to validate the occupational sitting and physical activity questionnaire (OSPAQ) against an activPAL4™ in full-time home-based ‘office’ workers (n = 148; mean age = 44.90). Participants completed a modified version of the OSPAQ and wore an activPAL4™ for a full work week. The findings suggest that the modified OSPAQ has fair levels of validity in terms of correlation for sitting and standing (ρ = 0.35–0.43, all p < 0.05) and agreement (bias = 2–12%) at the group level; however, estimates were poor at an individual level, as suggested by wide limits of agreement (±22–30%). Overall, the OSPAQ showed to be an easily administered and valid questionnaire to measure group level sitting and standing in this sample of adults.

KeywordsOSPAQ; activPAL™; measurement-of-agreement
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420799. Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
420201. Behavioural epidemiology
420699. Public health not elsewhere classified
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Duke University, United States
University of Ottawa, Canada
School of Health and Wellbeing
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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