Revising the senior walking environmental assessment tool

Yvonne L. Michael, Erin M. Keast, Habib Chaudhury, Kristen Day, Atiya Mahmood, Ann F I Sarte

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Background: The Senior Walking Environmental Assessment Tool (SWEAT), an instrument for measuring built environmental features associated with physical activity of older adults, was revised to create an easier-to-use tool for use by practitioners and community members. Methods: Inter-rater and intra-rater reliability of the modified instrument (SWEAT-R) was assessed in Portland, Oregon in 2007. Five trained observers audited street segments in 12 neighborhoods, resulting in 361 pairs of audits, including 63 repeated audits. Results: Overall, 88% and 75% of items assessed had good or excellent inter-rater and intra-rater reliability, respectively. The revised instrument required less time to complete than the original instrument, while obtaining more information. Conclusion: SWEAT-R provides easy to gather, reliable data for use in community-based audits of built environment in relation to walking among older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-249
Number of pages3
JournalPreventive Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Environment
  • Instrumentation
  • Older adults
  • Reproducibility of results
  • Research design
  • Residence characteristics
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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