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Quantitative food frequency questionnaire and assessment of dietary intake.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10083794     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
India is a land of varied foods and food habits. This makes the task of collecting dietary and nutrient intake data difficult. Methods need to be devised to improve the accuracy in reporting intakes by various population subgroups. There is an urgent need to develop a questionnaire that is simple enough to be administered on a large sample and whose validity and reproducibility has been quantified. Regional differences in food habits and availability will have to be taken into account in the questionnaire design. Packaging of food items with definite portion sizes is not a common practice in Indian markets and labels on food products are neither very informative nor descriptive. Epidemiologists addressing the effects of diet have generally used questionnaires that inquire about the frequency of specified foods consumed and sometimes also attempt to quantify usual portion sizes. A number of investigators have conveyed, apparently independently, that the food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) as a method of dietary assessment is best suited for most epidemiological applications. A food frequency list can form the basis for nutrition education and allows the dietician and the patient to relate individual eating patterns to specific foods. Other advantages of the FFQ are that it is independent of the ability or inclination of an individual to maintain a diary and also provides immediate feedback to patients, physicians and counsellors.
S Singhal; A Goyle; R Gupta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The National medical journal of India     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0970-258X     ISO Abbreviation:  Natl Med J India     Publication Date:    1998 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-04-21     Completed Date:  1999-04-21     Revised Date:  2009-07-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809315     Medline TA:  Natl Med J India     Country:  INDIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  268-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India.
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MeSH Terms
Diet Surveys*
Food Habits*
Comment In:
Natl Med J India. 1999 May-Jun;12(3):138-9   [PMID:  10492595 ]

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