We created a tool for assessing physical activity (PA), the Acti’MET® calculator, to quickly estimate weekly energy expenditure. This study aimed to assess the metrological properties of the tool in cardiac rehabilitation (CR).
Two examiners evaluated the reliability and concurrent validity of the tool with cardiac patients. The validity of the tool was assessed by comparison with other classical methods for measurement of PA such as the Dijon Physical Activity Score (PAS) and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) score, the 6-min walk test (6MWT) and the cardiopulmonary maximal exercise test. Correlation was assessed by Pearson or Spearman correlation analysis.
For the 36 cardiac patients (mean age 55±11 years, 24 men), inter-rater and intra-rater reliabilities were strong: r=0.87 and r=0.98, respectively, both P<0.0001. We found a strong correlation of the Acti’MET® score with the IPAQ score (r=0.88, P<0.0001), moderate correlation with the PAS (r=0.39, P<0.05) and 6MWT (r=0.54, P<0.01), and no correlation with peak power output.
The Acti’MET® calculator is reliable, valid and easy to use for assessing PA in CR. This tool seems to well reflect the weekly PA, unlike the PAS, which evaluates PA on a yearly basis.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Validation tool, Physical activity, Energy expenditure, Clinical practice, Cardiac rehabilitation