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Seven Day Physical Activity Recall (PAR)

Questionnaires:

About This Database

You are browsing a database of standardized questionnaires that ask about respondents' walking and bicycling habits.

The survey on this page is presented for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be filled out by visitors to this Web site.

The Applied Research Program maintains this database, but, except where noted, did not create and does not maintain the questionnaires themselves. For more information about a specific questionnaire, please contact its author(s). When possible, we cite the source of each questionnaire near the top of the page.

Adapted for: Wilkinson S, Huang CM, Walker LO, Sterling BS, Kim M. Physical activity in low-income postpartum women. J Nurs Scholarsh 2004;36(2):109-14. [View Abstract]

Form & Interview Script

Sections in quotations are things you ACTUALLY say to the participant. Sections within brackets are for your information only and are NOT to be said to the participant. You are to begin the interview with a current calendar showing the previous seven days and the list of activities by intensity categories.

  1. "I am going to ask you about everything you have done in the last seven days. We will start with yesterday which was (name of day) [write START on that day on the calendar] and end with a week ago (name of day) [write STOP on that day on the calendar]."
  2. "I will divide each day into morning, afternoon and evening. Morning is after you get out of bed until lunchtime; afternoon is after lunchtime until dinnertime; and evening is after dinnertime until you get into bed at night."
  3. "I will ask you about everything you have done, including things like watching television, listening to music, using the computer, reading, talking on the phone, and visiting with your friends. I will also ask you about your physical activities and I will ask to put some of them into effort categories [show the participant the activity list]."
  4. "There are moderate, hard and very hard activities. Moderate activities are similar to brisk walking like you are in a hurry to get somewhere. Moderate also includes many household chores like sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, and gardening. On the other end of the scale are very hard activities that are traditional aerobic activities like running, but also include hard labor such as helping someone move or planting trees. Finally, there are hard activities, which require more effort than moderate but not as much as very hard activities. These are similar in effort to scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees or heavy gardening."
  5. "Throughout the interview I will ask you to try and remember what you actually did for that day, not what you usually do. I know this might be difficult, but just do the best you can."
  6. "Any questions?"
  7. "In the last seven days how many days did you work outside of the home? How many days did you have classes?" [Mark the days and ask about the hours for each]
  8. "Were the last seven days a typical week for you in terms of the things you did? Did you get the usual amount of sleep?" [If NO, get a reason and write it down]
  9. "Okay, I am going to start with yesterday which was (name of day) [circle day on sheet]. What time did you get into bed LAST NIGHT? [Write that for time in bed] What time did you get out of bed THIS MORNING? [Write that for time out of bed]"
  10. "Yesterday, (name of day) what time did you get out of bed to start the day?" [Write that for time out of bed ON THE NEXT DAY] [Lead her through the day by talking about morning first, afternoon and then evening.]
  11. [After the interview is over] "Is there anything else you can think of that happened this week that we did not discuss?" [Prompt her with things she might have been doing: laundry, gardening, studying, television, etc.]

Scoring Sheet

SUBJECT NUMBER: DATE: INTERVIEWER:

  WKDAY 1 WKDAY 2 WKDAY 3 WKDAY 4 WKDAY 5 WKEDY 6 WKEDY 7
SLEEP              
MOD              
HARD              
VHARD              
LIGHT              
T.V.              
VIDEOS              
THEATER              
READ              
MUSIC              
NET              
PHONE              
CLEAN              
STROLL              
BRISK              
GARDEN              

Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014