IPAQ scoring protocol


At a Glance

Please review the document “Guidelines for the data processing and analysis of the "International Physical Activity Questionnaire”, available in a pdf-file below, for more detailed description of IPAQ analysis and recommendations for data cleaning and processing.

The scoring protocol was slightly revised in November 2005 and is now a combined protocol for both the long and the short form of the IPAQ instrument.

Categorical Score

Three levels (categories) of physical activity are proposed:

Category 1: Low

This is the lowest level of physical activity. Those individuals who not meet criteria for categories 2 or 3 are considered low/inactive.

Category 2: Moderate

Any one of the following 3 criteria:
• 3 or more days of vigorous activity of at least 20 minutes per day OR
• 5 or more days of moderate-intensity activity or walking of at least 30 minutes
per day OR
• 5 or more days of any combination of walking, moderate-intensity or vigorous
intensity activities achieving a minimum of at least 600 MET-min/week.

Category 3: High

Any one of the following 2 criteria:
• Vigorous-intensity activity on at least 3 days and accumulating at least 1500 MET-minutes/
week OR
• 7 or more days of any combination of walking, moderate-intensity or vigorous
intensity activities achieving a minimum of at least 3000 MET-minutes/week

Continuous Score

This is suggested to be expressed as MET-min per week: MET level x minutes of activity x events per week.

Please find the exact figures for MET values for each domain and intensity in the pdf-file below.
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Emma Patterson,
4 Nov 2010 09:19