Objectively measured walkability and active transport and weight-related outcomes in adults: a systematic review

This study examines which geographic information systems (GIS)-based measures of walkability--density, land-use mix, connectivity and walkability indexes--are used in research. It also evaluates which of these measures are consistently associated with walking and cycling for transit. overall active transportation and weight-related measures in adults. The authors conducted a systematic review with search terms that were synonyms for GIS and synonyms for the outcomes. PubMed, Science Direct, Active Living Research Literature Database and the Transportation Research Information Service were used for the review. The results showed walkability measures including gross population density, intersection density and walkability indexes to be most consistently correlated with measures of physical activity for transport. The authors concluded that additional research is necessary to determine if walkability can appropriately predict weight-related measure and overall active transportation.

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  • Accession Number: 01498923
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 6 2013 3:48PM