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Title: Research priorities for child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviours: An international perspective using a twin-panel Delphi procedure
Authors: Gillis, Lauren
Tomkinson, Grant
Olds, Timothy
Moreira, Carla
Christie, Candice
Nigg, Claudio
Cerin, Ester
Van, Sluijs Esther
Stratton, Gareth
Janssen, Ian
Dorovolomo, Jeremy
Reilly, John J
Mota, Jorge
Zayed, Kashef
Gorely, Trish
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Keywords: Physical activity
Sedentary behaviour
Research priorities
Issue Date: Oct-2013
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation: Gillis L, Tomkinson G, Olds T, Moreira C, Christie C, Nigg C, Cerin E, Van Sluijs E, Stratton G, Janssen I, Dorovolomo J, Reilly JJ, Mota J, Zayed K & Gorely T (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, Art. No.: 112.
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 10 years. 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.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: © 2013 Gillis et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Notes: Additional co-authors: Kent Kawalski; Lars Bo Andersen; Manuel Carrizosa; Mark Tremblay; Michael Chia; Mike Hamlin; Non Eleri Thomas; Ralph Maddison; Stuart Biddle; Vincent Onywera; Willem Van Mechelen
Affiliation: University of South Australia
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