Comparison of energy estimates in chronic kidney disease using doubly-labelled water
BACKGROUND: Total energy expenditure (TEE) is estimated in clinical practice as a combined measure of resting energy expenditure and physical activity level. Commonly available questionnaires to estimate physical activity level have not been validated in patients with kidney disease using the doubly-labelled water method. METHODS: This prospective, cross-sectional study was conducted on 40 patients with chronic kidney disease stages 1-5 with the objective of validating two physical activity questionnaires: the Recent Physical Activity Questionnaire (RPAQ) and the Stanford 7-day recall questionnaire. TEE was measured using doubly-labelled water technique. TEE was also estimated using predicted resting energy expenditure and estimated physical activity measures from the questionnaires. RESULTS: Measured TEE correlated better with TEE estimated from RPAQ compared to that from the Stanford questionnaire. In Bland-Altman analysis, TEE estimated from RPAQ had the least bias and narrower limits of agreement compared to the measured TEE. A metabolic equivalent of task value of 1.3 for the unaccounted time in RPAQ provided the best approximation of estimated TEE to the measured TEE. CONCLUSIONS: RPAQ is an acceptable questionnaire tool for assessing physical activity level in patients with chronic kidney disease.