Research priorities for child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviours: an international perspective using a twin-panel Delphi procedure
Gillis, L.; Tomkinson, G.; Olds, T.; Moreira, C.; Christie, C.; Nigg, C.; Cerin, E.; Van Sluijs, E.; Stratton, G.; Janssen, I.; Dorovolomo, J.; Reilly, J. J.; Mota, J.; Zayed, K.; Kawalski, K.; Andersen, L. B.; Carrizosa, M.; Tremblay, M.; Chia, M.; Hamlin, Michael J.; Thomas, N. E.; Maddison, R.; Biddle, S.; Gorely, T.; Onywera, V.; Van Mechelen, W.
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 10 years. 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.... [Show full abstract]