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Research priorities for child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviours: an international perspective using a twin-panel Delphi procedure

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, Kawalski, Kent, Andersen, Lars Bo, Carrizosa, Manuel, Tremblay, Mark, Chia, Michael, Hamlin, Mike, Thomas, Non Eleri, Maddison, Ralph, Biddle, Stuart, Gorely, Trish, Onywera, Vincent, Van Mechelen, Willem
The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity 2013 v.10 no.1 pp. 112
adolescents, children, experts, issues and policy, longitudinal studies, physical activity, researchers
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.