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Nutrients 2017, 9(2), 100; doi:10.3390/nu9020100

Lessons from Studies to Evaluate an Online 24-Hour Recall for Use with Children and Adults in Canada

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School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1, Canada
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McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada
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Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1, Canada
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Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Ontario, Toronto, ON M5G 1V2, Canada
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Cancer Measurement, Outcomes, Research and Evaluation, Cancer Control Alberta, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB T2T 5C7, Canada
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Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada
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Prevention and Cancer Control, Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, ON M5G 2L7, Canada
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Health and Physical Education, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB T3E 6K6, Canada
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Received: 1 December 2016 / Accepted: 23 January 2017 / Published: 31 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technology Based Approaches to Dietary Intake Assessment)
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Abstract

With technological innovation, comprehensive dietary intake data can be collected in a wide range of studies and settings. The Automated Self-Administered 24-hour (ASA24) Dietary Assessment Tool is a web-based system that guides respondents through 24-h recalls. The purpose of this paper is to describe lessons learned from five studies that assessed the feasibility and validity of ASA24 for capturing recall data among several population subgroups in Canada. These studies were conducted within a childcare setting (preschool children with reporting by parents), in public schools (children in grades 5–8; aged 10–13 years), and with community-based samples drawn from existing cohorts of adults and older adults. Themes emerged across studies regarding receptivity to completing ASA24, user experiences with the interface, and practical considerations for different populations. Overall, we found high acceptance of ASA24 among these diverse samples. However, the ASA24 interface was not intuitive for some participants, particularly young children and older adults. As well, technological challenges were encountered. These observations underscore the importance of piloting protocols using online tools, as well as consideration of the potential need for tailored resources to support study participants. Lessons gleaned can inform the effective use of technology-enabled dietary assessment tools in research. View Full-Text
Keywords: dietary intake; technology-enabled dietary assessment; 24-h recalls; Automated Self-Administered 24-hour Dietary Assessment Tool; feasibility; validity; web-based dietary intake; technology-enabled dietary assessment; 24-h recalls; Automated Self-Administered 24-hour Dietary Assessment Tool; feasibility; validity; web-based
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Kirkpatrick, S.I.; Gilsing, A.M.; Hobin, E.; Solbak, N.M.; Wallace, A.; Haines, J.; Mayhew, A.J.; Orr, S.K.; Raina, P.; Robson, P.J.; Sacco, J.E.; Whelan, H.K. Lessons from Studies to Evaluate an Online 24-Hour Recall for Use with Children and Adults in Canada. Nutrients 2017, 9, 100.

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