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The Diet and Physical activity measurement toolkit
The toolkit is funded by the UK Medical Research Council, aims to assist researchers, funding bodies, and others who are interested in measuring diet and physical activity. The toolkit has four different sections:

  1. An overview of dietary assessment methods, indications for use, and links to relevant resources
  2. An overview of methods to measure physical activity, indications for use, and links to relevant resources
  3. Interactive diagram to aid researchers in making the most appropriate choice of method to measure diet or physical activity
  4. A private discussion board to share experience and troubleshoot problems (login required)


Diet assessment primer

NCI’s tool for guidance regarding diet assessment method and diet data analysis from NCI. The purpose of the Primer is to help researchers determine the best way to assess diet for any study in which estimates of group intakes are required. This can be a challenge because no perfect measure of diet exists. Understanding the key features of self-report instruments and the benefits and drawbacks of potential approaches to collecting and analyzing dietary intake data can help you make the best choices given your research question and resources. 

The diet and physical activity measurement toolkit

UK Medical research council 

ASA24, National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA
The Automated Self-administered 24-hour Recall (ASA24) system is a Web-based tool, developed by investigators at NCI that enables automated self-administered 24-hour recalls. Extensive evidence has demonstrated that 24-hour dietary recalls provide the highest-quality, least biased dietary data. Traditional 24-hour recalls, however, are expensive and impractical for large-scale research because they rely on trained interviewers and multiple administrations to estimate usual intakes. As a result, researchers often make use of food frequency questionnaires, which are less expensive but contain substantial error. The Web-based tool was created to address this challenge.

EPIC-Soft, European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and nutrition (EPIC)
Within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and nutrition (EPIC) methodological research has led to the development and validation of methods to standardize dietary data collection, processing and analysis in large international multi-centre studies. This involves the development, maintenance and refinement of a highly standardized 24-hour dietary recall program (EPIC-SOFT®) and the implementation of a comprehensive web-based platform, the EPIC-SOFT Methodological Platform (still under development), for enhanced use and dissemination of the EPIC-SOFT®-methodology in international nutritional studies.

A series of lectures (broadcasted via internet) during the fall of 2010 from the National Cancer Institute on important issues related to dietary assessment and measurement errors. These lectures including the slides are currently available via the NCI web-site.

"Riksmaten 2010" is the Swedish national food consumption survey conducted by the Swedish National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) in 2010. The dietary assessment methodology is web-based and completed by each participant at home.

In 2011 a shorter version of the “Riksmaten” methodology was made available to the public free of access via the web-site of The Swedish National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket). For further information about this methodology contact Anna Karin Lindroos, Livsmedelsverket.

Livsmedelsdatabasen, bakgrund


Livsmedelsdatabasen, näringsämnesinnehåll

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