The Physical Activity Cohort Repository (PACE): A new resource for ISPAH members
Keywords:Epidemiology, Cohort Studies, Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior
Purpose: The Epidemiology Council of ISPAH will present results from the flagship project of the Council’s first term (the PACE), and give an overview of its functionality and applications.
Description: Critical assessment and knowledge of the epidemiological methods to measure physical activity-PA and sedentary behaviour-SB variables in longitudinal studies are required to continue building PA and SB research capacity worldwide. An online repository with free and available data from cohort studies worldwide, is a valuable resource and will encourage researchers to return to existing studies and apply contemporary causal inference methods. This will not only build a stronger evidence base, but it will facilitate international collaborations that will contribute with capacity building in PA research worldwide. This symposium will provide an overview of the development of the PACE, and provide examples of how this resource can be used by ISPAH members. The symposium Chair and presenters formed the core working group for the project; they will each give a ten-minute presentation. We will then hold a panel discussion with other members of the project team, where they will talk about how the PACE will help their own programs of research. There will be a focus on how this resource will build capacity in low- and middle-income countries.
Chair: Andrea Ramirez Varela. The Physical Activity Cohort Repository (PACE): Introduction and overview of the PACE Project
Presenter 1: Brigid Lynch. Title: Background and rationale for the Physical Activity Cohort Repository
Presenter 2: Leonessa Boing. Title: Methods, results to date and the Physical Activity Cohort Repository
Presenter 3: Andrea Ramirez Varela. Title: Utility of the Physical Activity Cohort Repository for LMIC.
Presenter 4: Terry Boyle. Title: Current and potential use of multiple waves of physical activity data.
Panel discussion: Volunteer contributors to the PACE project, who are attending the ISPAH Congress, will give a brief overview of how they plan to utilize the PACE. Questions will be taken from the audience at this time.
Results: Sixteen volunteer ISPAH members from nine countries contributed to the project. A comprehensive systematic review strategy was used to identify publications describing cohort studies that include measures of physical activity and/or sedentary behavior (both self-report and device-based measures). The systematic review was registered at PROSPERO. The team screened nearly 9,000 titles and abstracts that were identified by the literature search. Full text screening and data extraction is expected to be completed by July 2020.
Conclusions: The PACE will provide a clear picture of the scale and methods by which physical activity has been assessed in cohort studies around the work. The PACE will help to maximize the investments made into cohort studies, by encouraging researchers to return to existing studies and apply contemporary analytic methods, and by facilitating international consortia. This will not only build a stronger evidence base, but it will facilitate international collaborations that will help build capacity in low- and middle-income countries.
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