Considerations for using a geographic information system to assess environmental supports for physical activity

Dwayne E. Porter, Karen A. Kirtland, Matthew J. Neet, Joel E. Williams, Barbara Ainsworth

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Abstract

The use of a geographic information system (GIS) to study environmental supports for physical activity raises several issues, including acquisition and development quality, and analysis. We recommend to public health professionals interested in using GIS that they investigate available data, plan for data development where none exists, ensure the availability of trained personnel and sufficient time, and consider issues such as data quality, analyses, and confidentiality. This article shares information about data-related issues that we encountered when using GIS to validate responses to a questionnaire about environmental supports for physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPreventing chronic disease
Volume1
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy

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    Porter, D. E., Kirtland, K. A., Neet, M. J., Williams, J. E., & Ainsworth, B. (2004). Considerations for using a geographic information system to assess environmental supports for physical activity. Preventing chronic disease, 1(4).