Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) - Terminology Consensus Project process and outcomes

Tremblay, Mark S. and Aubert, Salome and Barnes, Joel D. and Saunders, Travis J. and Carson, Valerie and Latimer-Cheung, Amy E. and Chastin, Sebastien F. M. and Altenburg, Teatske M. and Chinapaw, Mai J. M. and Aminian, S. and Arundell, L. and Atkin, A.J. and Gibbs, B., Barone and Bassett-Gunter, R. and Belanger, K. and Biddle, S.J.H. and Biswas, A. and Carson, V. and Chaput, J.P. and Chau, J. and Colley, R. and Coppinger, T. and Craven, C. and Cristi-Montero, C. and Assis Teles Santos, D., de and Pozo Cruz, B., del and Pozo-Cruz, J., del and Dempsey, P. and Carmo Santos Gonçalves, R.F., do and Ekelund, U. and Ellingson, L. and Ezeugwu, V. and Fitzsimons, C. and Florez-Pregonero, A. and Friel, C. and Fröberg, A. and Giangregorio, L. and Godin, L. and Gunnell, K. and Halloway, S. and Hinkley, T. and Hnatiuk, J. and Husu, P. and Kadir, M. and Karagounis, L.G. and Koster, A. and Lakerveld, J. and Lamb, M. and Larouche, R. and LeBlanc, A. and Lee, E.Y. and Lee, P. and Lopes, L. and Manns, T. and Manyanga, T. and Ginis, K., Martin and McVeigh, J. and Meneguci, J. and Moreira, C. and Murtagh, E. and Patterson, F. and da Silva, D.R., Pereira and Pesola, A.J. and Peterson, N. and Pettitt, C. and Pilutti, L. and Pereira, S., Pinto and Poitras, V. and Prince, S. and Rathod, A. and Rivière, F. and Rosenkranz, S. and Routhier, F. and Santos, R. and Smith, B. and Theou, O. and Tomasone, J. and Tucker, P. and Meyer, R., Umstattd and der Ploeg, H., van and Villalobos, T. and Viren, T. and Wallmann-Sperlich, B. and Wijndaele, K. and Wondergem, R. (2017) Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) - Terminology Consensus Project process and outcomes. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14:75. pp. 1-17.

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Background: The prominence of sedentary behavior research in health science has grown rapidly. With this growth there is increasing urgency for clear, common and accepted terminology and definitions. Such standardization is difficult to achieve, especially across multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners, and industries. The Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) undertook a Terminology Consensus Project to address this need.

Method: First, a literature review was completed to identify key terms in sedentary behavior research. These key terms were then reviewed and modified by a Steering Committee formed by SBRN. Next, SBRN members were invited to contribute to this project and interested participants reviewed and provided feedback on the proposed list of terms and draft definitions through an online survey. Finally, a conceptual model and consensus definitions (including caveats and examples for all age groups and functional abilities) were finalized based on the feedback received from the 87 SBRN member participants who responded to the original invitation and survey.

Results: Consensus definitions for the terms physical inactivity, stationary behavior, sedentary behavior, standing, screen time, non-screen-based sedentary time, sitting, reclining, lying, sedentary behavior pattern, as well as how the terms bouts, breaks, and interruptions should be used in this context are provided.

Conclusion: It is hoped that the definitions resulting from this comprehensive, transparent, and broad-based participatory process will result in standardized terminology that is widely supported and adopted, thereby advancing future research, interventions, policies, and practices related to sedentary behaviors.

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Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2019 02:51
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Uncontrolled Keywords: physical inactivity, sedentary behavior, stationary behavior, standing, screen time, non-screen-based time, sitting, reclining, lying, bouts, interruptions, breaks
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health
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