The Rapid Assessment of Physical Activity (RAPA) questionnaire provides clinicians with a tool for quickly assessing the level of physical activity of their older adult patients. It was developed by the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center (UW HPRC) after a review and evaluation of existing written questionnaires. Researchers found RAPA to be reliable and valid compared with the longer, validated Community Healthy Activities Model Program for Seniors (CHAMPS) questionnaire.

Investigator’s from UW Health Promotion Research Center also revised the RAPA for use as a telephone-based measurement tool (TAPA) for assessing physical activity in older adults.

Use of RAPA & TAPA

If you would like to use either of these tools,

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Citation & Use

RAPA and TAPA may be used for personal use, clinical practice, or research, provided that it is not sold or altered without permission of the UW Health Promotion Research Center.

Suggested citation:

University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center, © 2006.

Funded in part by the Centers for Disease Control. Reproduced with permission.

Download the Tools

Rapid Assessment of Physical Activity (RAPA)

RAPA: English

RAPA: Mexican Spanish

RAPA: European Spanish

RAPA: Vietnamese

We produced the Mexican Spanish version of the RAPA through translation and then back translation. We conducted focus groups with Spanish speakers regarding the wording and the examples. Read about the translation protocol in the Linguistic Validation of the Rapid Assessment of Physical Activity. The European Spanish version also met the standards of the translation protocol.

Telephone Assessment of Physical Activity (RAPA)

TAPA: English

Evidence Based

Read more about the evidence behind RAPA and TAPA.

The Rapid Assessment of Physical Activity (RAPA) Among Older Adults. Tari D. Topolski, PhD, James LoGerfo, MD, Donald L. Patrick, PhD, MPH, Barbara Williams, PhD, Julie Walwick, MSW, MAJ Marsha B. Patrick, PhD (October 20060)

Developing a Telephone Assessment of Physical Activity (TAPA) Questionnaire for Older Adults. Charles J. Mayer, MD, MPH, Lesley Steinman, MPH, MSW, Barbara Williams, PhD, Tari D. Topolski, PhD, James LoGerfo, MD, MPH (January 2008)