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Table 5 Overview of the three themes and associated questions used to identify the participants' opinions of the questionnaires.

From: Psychometric properties of two physical activity questionnaires, the AQuAA and the PASE, in cancer patients

Theme Typical answers provided by participants during the TSTI
Interpretability "Both the AQuAA and the PASE are clear to me, I understand all of the questions." (34 year old man with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
Is the phrasing of the questionnaires clear to you? "I think that I was well capable of answering the questions of both questionnaires." (50 year old woman with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
  "The questionnaires are clear to me, nevertheless you have to take your time to read the questions well in order to answer them correctly." (62 year old man with colon cancer)
Comprehension "All activities which people do in their daily life are asked for in the questionnaires." (48 year old man with Hodgkin's lymphoma)
Are all (of your) daily physical activities addressed in the questionnaires? "Both questionnaires address all of my daily physical activities." (50 year old man with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
  "All of the activities I do in my daily life are included in the questionnaires." (62 year old man with colon cancer)
Preference "I have always had trouble with focusing my attention, but now (after the cancer treatment) it has gotten worse...The PASE has multiple choice questions which is very helpful. This makes it easier for me." (55 year old woman with breast cancer)
Which questionnaire were you more comfortable with answering? "The questions of the AQuAA are clearly arranged. It does however require more effort to fill in the AQuAA compared to the PASE because you really have to think about how much time you spent on the activities in the last week...The PASE is much easier because you can pick an answer which suits you best, you use your intuition to give an answer compared to the AQuAA where you really have to think...Therefore I prefer the PASE." (48 year old man with Hodgkin's lymphoma)
  "When answering the AQuAA I had to be very careful and it took a lot of effort for me to estimate how much time I spent on certain activities in the past week ...Because of this I prefer the PASE since you get an indication of the time you may have spent." (66 year old woman with cervical cancer)
  "You have to carefully read and think about the questions in the AQuAA, but it is not difficult to interpret...The PASE is much easier and because of the multiple choice questions you can be less precise in your answers, but this makes it somewhat superficial...Personally I prefer the AQuAA because I can identify myself more with the open questions structure." (47 year old woman with Multiple myeloma)
  1. AQuAA: Activity Questionnaire for Adults and Adolescents; PASE: Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly.