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Perspectives of using the EPIC-SOFT programme in the context of pan-European nutritional monitoring surveys: methodological and practical implications.
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PMID:  12082519     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the usefulness of a computerized 24 h diet recall programme (EPIC-SOFT) for pan-European dietary surveys. METHODS: The perspectives of using EPIC-SOFT in study contexts other than EPIC were evaluated. In order to estimate the usefulness of existing EPIC-SOFT material for developing new versions for non-EPIC countries, a comparison of food and recipe lists and portion pictures between a country participating in EPIC (Sweden, n=2311 foods, 140 photo series) and a non-EPIC country (Finland, FINDIET 1997 Study, n=1373 foods, 126 photo series) was performed. RESULTS: Despite certain limitations, the EPIC-SOFT programme is a promising tool for pan-European Dietary Surveys. About 12-17 man-months would be needed to develop a new version for a non-EPIC country, depending on the extra work required. A 95% coverage of food and mixed recipes was found between the EPIC-Sweden and FINDIET 1997 databases. Of the pictures in the Finnish portion size book, 62% had an equivalent in the EPIC-SOFT picture book, but the range and size of photo series was larger in the latter than in the former, especially for vegetables. A tendency was observed that, if the central serving in a given picture book was larger, the consumers in that country also reported a larger mean portion. CONCLUSIONS: This report shows that the EPIC-SOFT programme is already available for use in 11 European countries and could be extended easily to other countries if resources are made available. However, further developments are required to obtain standardized nutrient estimates and make the maintenance of the EPIC-SOFT databases independent from the EPIC logistics. The available EPIC-SOFT material would be useful for developing new versions for countries of similar food culture.
N Slimani; L Valsta;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  56 Suppl 2     ISSN:  0954-3007     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2002 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-25     Completed Date:  2002-09-19     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804070     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S63-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Unit of Nutrition and Cancer, IARC, Lyon, France.
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MeSH Terms
Databases, Factual / standards*
Diet / statistics & numerical data*
Diet Surveys
Energy Intake
Interviews as Topic
Mental Recall
Quality Control
Software / standards*
Software Design

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