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. Please also find an excel file for automatic calculation of data from IPAQ. The file was created by Andrea Di Blasio, Francesco Di Donato and Christian Mazzocco at "Endocrinology Unit" of the "Department of Medicine and Aging Sciences" of "G. d'Annunzio" University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy).