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DAPA Measurement Toolkit

The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) was developed to measure health-related physical activity (PA) in populations.

The purpose of the International Physical Activity Questionnaires (IPAQ) is to provide a set of well-developed instruments that can be used internationally to obtain comparable estimates of physical activity. There are two versions of the questionnaire. The short version is suitable for use in national and regional surveillance systems and the long version provide more detailed information often required in research work or for evaluation purposes. The questionnaire can be self- or telephone-administered .

This physical activity questionnaire is publically available, it is open access, and no permissions are required to use it. The questionnaire is aimed to be culturally adaptable and has been translated into a number of languages such that conceptual, metric and linguistic equivalence is maximised.

The long version of the IPAQ consists of 27 items across 5 sections covering different types and domains of physical activity and sitting behaviours.


Component Detail
Time frame Past 7 days
Sections 1) Job-related; 2) Transportation; 3) Housework, house maintenance, caring for family; 4) Recreation, sport, leisure-time; 5) Time spent sitting
Items 27 (English self-administered version)
Recommended age range 15-69 years
Output variable Units
Physical activity energy expenditure (PAEE) MET-min per week
Physical activity level 1) Low; 2) Moderate; 3) High
Resource Link
Instrument in various languages External site
Scoring protocol External site
Guidance for cultural adaptation External site
Lifestage Reliability and validity literature
Adults External site
Adults External site
First author (year) Title
Hallal et al. (2005) External site