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Prev Med. 2009 Mar;48(3):247-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.12.008. Epub 2008 Dec 24.

Revising the senior walking environmental assessment tool.

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Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA. michaely@ohsu.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Senior Walking Environmental Assessment Tool (SWEAT), an instrument for measuring built environmental features associated with physical activity of older adults, was revised to create an easier-to-use tool for use by practitioners and community members.

METHODS:

Inter-rater and intra-rater reliability of the modified instrument (SWEAT-R) was assessed in Portland, Oregon in 2007. Five trained observers audited street segments in 12 neighborhoods, resulting in 361 pairs of audits, including 63 repeated audits.

RESULTS:

Overall, 88% and 75% of items assessed had good or excellent inter-rater and intra-rater reliability, respectively. The revised instrument required less time to complete than the original instrument, while obtaining more information.

CONCLUSION:

SWEAT-R provides easy to gather, reliable data for use in community-based audits of built environment in relation to walking among older adults.

PMID:
19136025
PMCID:
PMC5003601
DOI:
10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.12.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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