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Table 1 Ranked set of 29 international research priorities in child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviour

From: Research priorities for child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviours: an international perspective using a twin-panel Delphi procedure

Issue Panel A sum Panel B sum Overall sum Rank
Developing effective and sustainable interventions to increase children’s PA long-term. 82 69 150 1
Policy and/or environmental change and their influence on children’s PA and SB. 84 81 165 2
Prospective, longitudinal studies of the independent effects of PA and SB on health from birth to middle age 89 98 186 3
The dose–response relationships between PA, SB and health 105 81 186 4
SB's association with health outcomes, independent of other behaviours 96 105 201 5
Understanding the theory behind changing children’s activity levels and behaviours. 105 99 204 6
How to create effective population-based interventions for the least active children. 107 108 215 7
Research on PA and SB in relation to obesity prevention 109 110 219 8
How to decrease child and adolescent screen time. 99 121 220 9
Cultural and parental practices related to PA and childrens’ behaviours. 122 99 221 10
Understanding the mediators and moderators of SB. 126 101 227 11
Characterising different types of SB and then determining whether all SB is detrimental to children and adolescents’ health 112 119 231 12
Effect of PA on cognitive function in youth. 100 137 237 13
Effects of the environment, on PA and SB. 117 123 240 14
Effects of technology on SB. 129 123 251 15
Tracking lifecourse changes in fitness and PA 127 134 261 16
Improving objective measurement of children’s PA and SB 118 147 265 17
Increasing children's active transportation. 140 139 279 18
Psychological and social factors associated with children and adolescents' PA and SB. 161 122 283 19
Research into PA and SB on health in under five year olds. 155 147 301 20
Examination of the 24 hr patterns in children’s PA and SB in relation to health. 153 154 307 21
Educating children on making better lifestyle choices regarding PA and SB 132 184 316 22
Determining the beneficial effects of mass advertising campaigns on PA. 155 175 330 23
The status of PA and SB at schools. 157 180 337 24
PE for health, quality of life and participation in the Culture of Movement 167 177 344 25
Sport for enjoyment and participation and children's propensity to be active. 178 169 347 26
The role of civil community institutions in promoting after school PA. 169 179 348 27
PE and resource availability. 172 193 365 28
Injury prevention among youths in sport 225 193 418 29
  1. PA = physical activity; SB = sedentary behaviour. Research issues in bold are those which were put forward by both panels.
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