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Using an audit tool (MAPS Global) to assess the characteristics of the physical environment related to walking for transport in youth : reliability of Belgian data

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Background: The aim was to examine inter-rater and alternate-form reliability of the Microscale Audit of Pedestrian Streetscapes (MAPS) Global tool to assess the physical environment along likely walking routes in Belgium. Methods: For 65 children participating in the BEPAS-children study, routes between their individual homes and the nearest pre-defined destination were defined. Using MAPS Global, physical environmental characteristics of the routes were audited by 4 trained auditors (2 on-site, 2 online using Google Street View). Inter-rater reliability was studied for on-site and online ratings separately. Alternate-form reliability was examined by comparing on-site with online ratings. Results: Inter-rater reliability for on-site ratings was acceptable for 68% of items (kappa range 0.03–1.00) and for online ratings for 60% of items (kappa range −0.03 to 1.00). Acceptable alternate-form reliability was reported for 60% of items (kappa range −0.01 to 1.00/r range 0.31–1.00). Conclusions: MAPS Global can be used to assess the physical environment of potential walking routes. For areas where Google Street View imagery is widely covered and often updated, MAPS Global can be completed online.
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Google street view, Physical activity, Walking routes, Children, Built environment, Walking for transport, Active transport, PEDESTRIAN STREETSCAPES MAPS, GOOGLE EARTH, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION, BUILT ENVIRONMENT, MICROSCALE AUDIT, HIGH AGREEMENT, LOW KAPPA, INSTRUMENT, PARADOXES, CHILDREN

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Vanwolleghem, Griet, Ariane Ghekiere, Greet Cardon, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Sara D’Haese, Carrie M Geremia, Matthieu Lenoir, James F Sallis, Hannah Verhoeven, and Delfien Van Dyck. 2016. “Using an Audit Tool (MAPS Global) to Assess the Characteristics of the Physical Environment Related to Walking for Transport in Youth : Reliability of Belgian Data.” International Journal of Health Geographics 15.
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Vanwolleghem, G., Ghekiere, A., Cardon, G., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., D’Haese, S., Geremia, C. M., Lenoir, M., et al. (2016). Using an audit tool (MAPS Global) to assess the characteristics of the physical environment related to walking for transport in youth : reliability of Belgian data. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH GEOGRAPHICS, 15.
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Vanwolleghem G, Ghekiere A, Cardon G, De Bourdeaudhuij I, D’Haese S, Geremia CM, et al. Using an audit tool (MAPS Global) to assess the characteristics of the physical environment related to walking for transport in youth : reliability of Belgian data. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH GEOGRAPHICS. 2016;15.
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Vanwolleghem, Griet, Ariane Ghekiere, Greet Cardon, et al. “Using an Audit Tool (MAPS Global) to Assess the Characteristics of the Physical Environment Related to Walking for Transport in Youth : Reliability of Belgian Data.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH GEOGRAPHICS 15 (2016): n. pag. Print.
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Methods: For 65 children participating in the BEPAS-children study, routes between their individual homes and the nearest pre-defined destination were defined. Using MAPS Global, physical environmental characteristics of the routes were audited by 4 trained auditors (2 on-site, 2 online using Google Street View). Inter-rater reliability was studied for on-site and online ratings separately. Alternate-form reliability was examined by comparing on-site with online ratings.
Results: Inter-rater reliability for on-site ratings was acceptable for 68\% of items (kappa range 0.03--1.00) and for online ratings for 60\% of items (kappa range \ensuremath{-}0.03 to 1.00). Acceptable alternate-form reliability was reported for 60\% of items (kappa range \ensuremath{-}0.01 to 1.00/r range 0.31--1.00).
Conclusions: MAPS Global can be used to assess the physical environment of potential walking routes. For areas where Google Street View imagery is widely covered and often updated, MAPS Global can be completed online.},
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  author       = {Vanwolleghem, Griet and Ghekiere, Ariane and Cardon, Greet and De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse and D'Haese, Sara and Geremia, Carrie M and Lenoir, Matthieu and Sallis, James F and Verhoeven, Hannah and Van Dyck, Delfien},
  issn         = {1476-072X},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH GEOGRAPHICS},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {11},
  title        = {Using an audit tool (MAPS Global) to assess the characteristics of the physical environment related to walking for transport in youth : reliability of Belgian data},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12942-016-0069-1},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2016},
}

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