Accelerometer Sub-study

The ABC Accelerometer sub-study is a part of the Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) Study. This sub-study aims to collect data on physical activity and sitting time from approximately 2,000 people. Participants will be asked to wear two small monitoring devices (an accelerometer and inclinometer) to measure their movement patterns over a period of seven consecutive days.

An accelerometer (brand name Actigraph®) is a device which is similar to a pedometer. It is about the size of a box of matches, and worn on an elasticised waistband (under or over clothes). The inclinometer (brand name ActivPAL®) which looks a bit like a domino, and is worn on the right thigh (adhered to the skin with a hypoallergenic patch for seven days).

The information collected from these devices will provide a clear picture of how much time individuals spend in different types of reclining, sitting and moving activities. This information will help scientists to understand how different patterns of sitting or moving are related to health outcomes, and how these patterns are associated with the development of cancer and other chronic diseases. 

Some ABC Study participants who are invited to provide a blood sample, will also be asked to participate in this study.   Those selected will receive an email with more information.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or contact the ABC Study Team on 1800 688 419 (free call within Australia). 

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions about the ACM substudy.

Thank you for supporting the Australian Breakthrough Cancer Study.


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