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Nutrients 2018, 10(5), 590; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10050590

The Relative Validity of the Menzies Remote Short-Item Dietary Assessment Tool (MRSDAT) in Aboriginal Australian Children Aged 6–36 Months

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Nutrition Program, Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Disease, Menzies School of Health Research, Casuarina 0810, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Bedford Park 5042, Australia
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Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Centre for Children’s Health Research, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane 4101, Australia
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Child Health, Menzies School of Health Research, Casuarina 0810, Northern Territory, Australia
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Department of Medicine at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
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Nutrition, Dietetics and Food, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Victoria 3168, Australia
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Received: 26 March 2018 / Revised: 7 May 2018 / Accepted: 8 May 2018 / Published: 10 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Early Life Nutrition: From Nutrients to Systems)
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Abstract

The Menzies Remote Short-item Dietary Assessment Tool (MRSDAT) can be used to derive a dietary index score, which measures the degree of compliance with the Australian Dietary Guidelines. This study aimed to determine the relative validity of a dietary index score for children aged 6–24 months, living in a Remote Aboriginal Community (RAC), derived using MRSDAT. This validation study compared dietary index scores derived using MRSDAT with those derived from the average of three 24-h recalls. Participants were aged 6–36 months at the first dietary assessment and were living in a RAC. The level of agreement between the two methods was explored using Lin’s concordance correlation coefficient (CCC), Bland-Altman plots, weighted Cohen’s kappa, and Fischer’s exact and paired t-tests. Forty participants were recruited. The CCC was poor between methods (R = 0.35, 95% CI 0.06, 0.58), with MRSDAT estimating higher dietary intake scores for all food groups except fruit, and higher dietary quality scores by an average of 4.78 points/100. Community-based Aboriginal researchers were central to this validation study. MRSDAT was within the performance range of other short-item dietary assessment tools developed for young children, and shows promise for use with very young children in RACs. View Full-Text
Keywords: diet; questionnaire; Indigenous; public health; food diet; questionnaire; Indigenous; public health; food
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Tonkin, E.; Kennedy, D.; Golley, R.; Byrne, R.; Rohit, A.; Kearns, T.; Hanieh, S.; Biggs, B.-A.; Brimblecombe, J. The Relative Validity of the Menzies Remote Short-Item Dietary Assessment Tool (MRSDAT) in Aboriginal Australian Children Aged 6–36 Months. Nutrients 2018, 10, 590.

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