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ISRN Family MedicineVolume 2013 2013, Article ID 529645, 6 pages

Research ArticlePrimary Healthcare Research Unit, Discipline of Family Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada A1B 3V6

Received 17 February 2013; Accepted 12 May 2013

Academic Editors: E. Brunner, S. Dastgiri, H. R. Searight, and V. K. Sharma

Copyright © 2013 Marshall Godwin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Lifestyle issues including physical activity, diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, and self-reported stress have all been shown to predispose people to higher risk of cardiovascular disease. This study provides further psychometrics on the Simple Lifestyle Indicator Questionnaire SLIQ, a short, easy-to-use instrument which measures all these lifestyle characteristics as a single construct. One hundred and ninety-three individuals from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Labrador, Canada completed the SLIQ and reference standards for diet, exercise, stress, and alcohol consumption. The reference standards were a detailed Diet History Questionnaire DHQ, the Social Readjustment Rating Scale SRRS, the SF36 Health Status Questionnaire, and a survey of eight questions from a cardiovascular risk questionnaire. Physical activity score was compared with number of steps on a pedometer. Correlations between scores on the SLIQ and the reference standards were the SLIQ versus DHQ , , SLIQ versus pedometer , , SLIQ versus alcohol consumption , , SLIQ versus SRRS , , SLIQ versus eight-question risk score , , and SLIQ versus Question 1 on SF36 , . The SLIQ is sufficiently valid when compared to reference standards to be useful as a brief assessment of an individual’s cardiovascular lifestyle in research and clinical settings.

Autor: Marshall Godwin, Andrea Pike, Cheri Bethune, Allison Kirby, and Adam Pike



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