7-Day Physical Activity Recall

What is it?

The 7-day physical activity recall (PAR) questionnaire was developed by Dr. James Sallis and colleagues in the early 1980s. This questionnaire is a semi-structured interview that estimates the amount of time spent in physical activity, strength, and flexibility activities in the 7 days before the interview. The interviewer asks the individual to recall the time they have spent sleeping and doing physical activities in the past week. Check out the link below for a copy of the 7-Day Physical Activity Recall Questionnaire. For more information about this measure and its authors, click here.

Our Thoughts:

This is a questionnaire that can provide some very important insight into your patient’s daily activities, including physical activity, sleep, and the amount of time they spent working in the last 7 days. As well, the semi-structured interview style of this measure allows for more interaction between the therapist and the patient, building on the therapeutic relationship.