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Title Measuring physical activity with focus on wearable monitors - applications for clinical and epidemiological studies
Course number 2693
Program Vårdvetenskap (PUF-V)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2017-10-06 -- 2017-11-10
Responsible KI department Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The primary objective of the course is to promote high quality research in clinical and epidemiological studies through understanding of principles for measuring physical activity and methods for analyzing physical activity data. The course has the primary focus on measurement of physical activity using accelerometry and its use in different study designs. An overview of other methods to measure physical activity such as questionnaires, heart rate monitoring or a combination of different physiological measures will also be covered.
Learning outcomes By the end of the course the student should be able to:
1. Reflect on the concepts relevant for the relation between physical activity and health and understand measurement principles for assessing these concepts and especially the principles of of wearable monitors such as accelerometry.
2. Choose and justify the best method of choice for assessment of physical activity in accordance with different research questions, study designs and populations.
3. Apply the best method of choice for assessment of physical activity in relation to a specific research question.
4. Design a validation or calibration study in clinical and/or epidemiological studies in different populations.
5. Analyse physical activity data and interpret the outcomes in accordance with different research questions, study designs and populations.
Contents of the course - Assessment of physical activity using questionnaires and wearable monitors in different types of studies - Sensor development and measurement principles - Calibration and validation - Different approaches handling and analyzing the data and outcomes - Statistical considerations - Interpretation of results
Teaching and learning activities The course is based on demonstrations, workshops and seminars in combination with a few lectures in order to promote a reflective, analytical and critical approach towards this research field. Students will be encouraged to be interactive in demonstrations, workshops and seminars. There will be hands-on experience with students wearing accelerometer throughout a week and opportunities for exploring, processing and analysis this data.
Compulsory elements Active participation in workshops and seminars. Absence from a seminar must be compensated by means of a written task, suggested by the course leader.
Examination The learning outcomes will be examined by a written assignment were the students apply the course content to their own doctoral projects. The written assignments will be presented and discussed in a seminar where the students are respondents and opponents on each other's work. After the seminar the students will be given one week to refine their work based on the feedback they are given.
Literature and other teaching material 1. Welk G. Physical Activity Assessments for Health-Related Research. Human Kinetics. 2002. ISBN 0-7360-3748-9 2. Freedson P. Med Sci Sports Exerc Volume 44(1S) Supplement 1 pgs. S1-S89 January 2012. 3. Bowles H. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Volume 9. Supplement 1 pgs S1-S75 January 2012. 4. Bassett DR. Step counting - A Review of Measurement Considerations and Health-Related Applications. Sports Med. 2016 doi: 10.1007/s40279-016-0663-1
Number of students 10 - 20
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date)
More information Course dates: Oct 6th, Oct 18-20th, Nov 10th. Alfred Nobels Alle 23, Flemingsberg. Invited lecturer: Patrick Bergman, Linné University.
Course directors
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Course responsible Maria Hagströmer
Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle
08-52488836
Maria.Hagstromer@ki.se
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