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A Qualitative Investigation to Underpin the Development of an Electronic Tool to Assess Nutrition Literacy in Australian Adults

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Faculty of Science, University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, 75 East St, Lidcombe, Sydney, NSW 2141, Australia
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Boden Institute of Obesity Nutrition Physical Activity and Eating Disorders, University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Nutrients 2018, 10(2), 251; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10020251
Received: 28 December 2017 / Revised: 20 February 2018 / Accepted: 21 February 2018 / Published: 23 February 2018
Nutrition literacy is linked to health via its influence on dietary intake. There is a need for a tool to assess nutrition literacy in research and dietetic practice. We sought guidance from nutrition professionals on topic areas and features of an electronic nutrition literacy assessment tool for Australian adults. 28 experienced nutrition professionals engaged in a range of nutrition and dietetic work areas participated in six focus groups using a semi-structured interview schedule. Data were analysed using an inductive approach using NVivo 10 (QSR International, Pty Ltd., Doncaster, Australia, 2012). Key areas identified to assess nutrition literacy included specific nutrients versus foods, labels and packaging, construction of the diet, knowledge of the Australian Dietary Guidelines and Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, understanding of serve and portion sizes, ability to select healthier foods, and demographics such as belief systems and culture. Exploitation of electronic features to enhance visual and auditory displays, including interactive animations such as “drag and drop” and virtual reality situations, were discussed. This study provided insight into the most relevant topic areas and presentation format to assess the nutrition literacy of adult Australians. The visual, auditory, and interactive capacity of the available technology could enhance the assessment of nutrition literacy. View Full-Text
Keywords: nutrition literacy; electronic tablet; health literacy; mobile applications; nutrition education; nutrition knowledge nutrition literacy; electronic tablet; health literacy; mobile applications; nutrition education; nutrition knowledge
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Cassar, A.M.; Denyer, G.S.; O’Connor, H.T.; Gifford, J.A. A Qualitative Investigation to Underpin the Development of an Electronic Tool to Assess Nutrition Literacy in Australian Adults. Nutrients 2018, 10, 251.

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