Assistant Professor Anna Waterreus, a researcher from the Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit in the UWA School of Psychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences was a successful recipient of a 2016 Cockell Research Collaboration Award.
Measuring physical activity is important when considering lifestyle interventions for good health. However it can be difficult to quantify, especially in people with severe mental health problems who may be very sedentary. Yet this group is at much higher risk of cardiometabolic disease than the general population.
Anna is part of an international working group of clinical and academic experts from more than fifteen countries. The working group has developed a brief, easy to use, physical activity questionnaire—the Simple Physical Activity Questionnaire (SIMPAQ)—which assesses sedentary and low intensity behaviours in people with severe mental illness. Anna’s grant will be used towards a validation and reliability study of this instrument.
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