Table 1

List of questionnaire abbreviations and the corresponding definitions
Acronym Definition Timeframe
1WPAR One-week Physical Activity Recall Last 7 days
7DPAR 7-Day Physical Activity Recall Last 7 days
7DR 7-Day Recall Last 7 days
7DR-O 7-Day Recall (occupational activity) Last 7 days
AAFQ Arizona Activity Frequency Questionnaire Last 28 days
AAS Active Australian Survey (modified version) Last 7 days, usual week
Activitygram Activitygram Last 3 days
AQuAA Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents and Adults Last 7 days
AWAS Australian Women's Activity Survey Typical week last month
BAD Bouchard Activity Diary Last 3 days
BAQ Baecke Activity Questionnaire Usual activity
BAQ-mod Baecke Activity Questionnaire (modified version) Last year
BONES PAS Beat Osteoporosis: Nourish and Exercise Skeletons Physical Activity Survey Last 2 days
BRFSS PAQ Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Physical Activity Questionnaire (2001 version) Typical week
CAPS-4WR Cross-Cultural Activity Participation Study – 4 Weeks activity Recall 4 weeks
CAPS-TWR Cross-Cultural Activity Participation Study – Typical Week activity Recall Typical week
CAQ College Alumnus Questionnaire Last 7 days
CAQ-PAI College Alumnus Questionnaire – Physical Activity Index Last 7 days
CDPAQ Computer Delivered Physical Activity Questionnaire Previous day
CHAMPS Community Healthy Activities Model Program for Seniors Typical week last month
CHAMPS-MMSCV Community Healthy Activities Model Program for Seniors (Modified Mailed Self-Complete Version) Last 7 days
CHASE Child Heart and Health Study in England questionnaire Typical week
CLASS Children's Leisure Activity Study Survey questionnaire Typical week
CPAQ Children's Physical Activity Questionnaire Last 7 days
DQ-mod Dallosso Questionnaire (modified version) Typical day last week, typical week
EPAQ EPIC Physical Activity Questionnaire Last year
EPAQ-s EPIC Physical Activity Questionnaire (short version) Last year
EPAQ2 EPIC Physical Activity Questionnaire (second version) Last year
FCPQ Five City Project Questionnaire Typical week
Fels PAQ Fels Physical Activity Questionnaire for children Last year
FPACQ Flemish Physical Activity Computerized Questionnaire Typical week
GAQ GEMS (Girls Health Enrichment Multi-site Studies) Activity Questionnaire Previous day, usual activity
GLTEQ Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire Typical week
GPAQ Global Physical Activity Questionnaire Typical week
GSQ Godin-Shephard Questionnaire Typical week
HAQ Harvard Alumni Questionnaire Typical week
HBSC Health Behaviour in School Children Questionnaire Typical week
HEPA99 Swiss Health Enhancing Physical Activity Survey 1999 Typical week
HUNT1 Nord-Trøndelag Health Study questionnaire (version 1) Last 7 days
HUNT2 Nord-Trøndelag Health Study questionnaire (version 2) Last year
IPAQ International Physical Activity Questionnaire Last 7 days, typical week
IPAQ-A International Physical Activity Questionnaire (modified for Adolescents) Last 7 days
IPAQ-E International Physical Activity Questionnaire (short version modified for Elderly) Last 7 days
IPAQ-LC International Physical Activity Questionnaire (Long version in Chinese) Last 7 days
IPAQ-s International Physical Activity Questionnaire (short version) Last 7 days
IPAQ-SALVCF International Physical Activity Questionnaire (Self-Administered Long Version in Canadian French) Last 7 days
JPAC Jackson heart Physical Activity Cohort (i.e. modified KPAS) Last year
KPAS Kaiser Physical Activity Survey Last year
KPAS-mod Kaiser Physical Activity Survey (modified version) Current trimester
LRC Lipid Research Clinics questionnaire Usual activity
MAQ Modifiable Activity Questionnaire Last year
MARCA Multimedia Activity Recall for Children and Adolescents Previous day
MLTPAQ Minnesota Leisure Time Physical Activity Questionnaire Last year
MRPARQ Many Rivers Physical Activity Recall Questionnaire Typical week
NHS-PAQ Nurses' Health Study II – Physical Activity Questionnaire Last 7 days
OIMQ Office In Motion Questionnaire Last 7 days
OPAQ Occupational Physical Activity Questionnaire Typical week
PAAT Physical Activity Assessment Tool Last 7 days
PAQ-A Physical Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents Last 7 days
PAQ-C Physical Activity Questionnaire for older Children Last 7 days
PAQ-EJ Physical Activity Questionnaire for Elderly Japanese Typical week last month
PASE Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly Last 7 days
PDPAR Previous Day Physical Activity Recall Previous day
PMMAQ Past Month – Modifiable Activity Questionnaire Last month
PPAQ Pregnancy Physical Activity Questionnaire Current trimester
Pre-PAQ Preschool-age Children's Physical Activity Questionnaire Last 3 days (1 week, 2 weekend days)
PWMAQ Past Week – Modifiable Activity Questionnaire Last 7 days
PYTPAQ Past Year Total Physical Activity Questionnaire Last year
QAPSE Questionnaire d'Activité Physique Saint-Etienne Typical week last year
RPAQ Recent Physical Activity Questionnaire (i.e. EPAQ2 redesigned) Last month
RPAR Recess Physical Activity Recall Last recess
S7DR Stanford 7-Day Recall Last 7 days
SAPAC Self-Administered Physical Activity Checklist (modified version) Last 3 days
SBQ Sedentary Behavior Questionnaire Typical week
SHAPES School Health Action, Planning Evaluation System Last 7 days
SHS97 Swiss Health Survey 1997 Typical week
SP2PAQ Singapore Prospective Study Program Physical Activity Questionnaire Last 3 months
SPAQ Scottish Physical Activity Questionnaire Last 7 days
SSAAQ Sub-Saharan Africa Activity Questionnaire Last year
SUA Stanford Usual Activity Usual activity, last 3 months
SWAPAQ Swedish Adolescent Physical Activity Questionnaire Last 7 days
TCQ Tecumseh Community Questionnaire Last year
TOQ Tecumseh Occupational Questionnaire Last 7 days
WAC Weekly Activity Checklist Last 7 days
WHI-PAQ Women's Health Initiative – Physical Activity Questionnaire Last 7 days
YMCLS Youth Media Campaign Longitudinal Survey Last 7 days
YPAQ Youth Physical Activity Questionnaire Last 7 days, previous day
YPAS Yale Physical Activity Scale Typical week last month
YRBS Youth Risk Behavior Survey Last 7 days
PAEE Physical Activity Energy Expenditure
TEE Total Energy Expenditure
MPA Moderate intensity Physical Activity
VPA Vigorous intensity Physical Activity
MVPA Moderate and Vigorous intensity Physical Activity
PAL Physical Activity Level
MET Metabolic Equivalent of Task
Acc Accelerometry
HR Heart Rate monitoring
DLW Doubly Labeled Water
Ped Pedometer
ML Mini-Logger

Frequently used acronyms also included at the bottom of the table.

Helmerhorst et al.

Helmerhorst et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2012 9:103   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-9-103

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