Reproducibility and Validity of the French Version of the Long International Physical Activity Questionnaire in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary time are cornerstones in the management of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). However, there are few instruments available to measure physical activity in this population. We translated the long version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ-L) into French and studied its reproducibility and validity in patients with T2DM.


Reproducibility was studied by 2 telephone administrations, 8 days apart. Concurrent validity was tested against pedometry for 7 days during habitual life.


One-hundred forty-three patients with T2DM were recruited (59% males; age: 60.9 ± 10.5 years; BMI: 31.2 ± 5.2 kg/m2; HbA1c: 7.4 ± 1.2%). Intraclass correlation coefficients (95% CI) for repeated administration (n = 126) were 0.74 (0.61−0.83) for total physical activity, 0.72 (0.57−0.82) for walking, and 0.65 (0.51−0.78) for sitting time. Total physical activity and walking (MET-min·week-1) correlated with daily steps (Spearman r = .24 and r = .23, respectively, P < .05). Sitting time (min·week-1) correlated negatively with daily steps in women (r = −0.33; P < .05).


Our French version of the IPAQ-L appears reliable to assess habitual physical activity and sedentary time in patients with T2DM, confirming previous data in nonclinical populations.

Crinière, Couet, and Jacobi are with the Dept of Internal Medicine, CHRU de Tours, Tours, France. Lhommet, Caille, and Giraudeau are with INSERM CIC 202 and CHRU de Tours, Tours, France. Caille, Giraudeau, Lecomte, Couet, and Jacobi are with Francois Rabelais University, Tours, France. Lecomte is also with the Dept of Endocrinology and Metabolism, CHRU de Tours, Tours, France. Oppert is with the Ile-de-France Center of Research on Human Nutrition, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France.