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

Lauren Gillis, Grant Tomkinson, Timothy Olds, Carla Moreira, Candice Christie, Claudio Nigg, Ester Cerin, Esther Van Sluijs, Gareth Stratton, Ian Janssen, Jeremy Dorovolomo, John Reilly, Jorge Mota, Kashef Zayed, Kent Kawalski, Lars Andersen, Manuel Carrizosa, Mark Tremblay, Michael Chia, Mike HamlinNon Thomas, Ralph Maddison, Stuart Biddle, Trish Gorely, Vincent Onywera, Willem Van Mechelen

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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 10years. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number112
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • physical activity
  • sedentary behaviour

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