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Validation of a semi-quantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire for Argentinean adults.

Published on May 25, 2012in PLOS ONE 2.77
· DOI :10.1371/journal.pone.0037958
Mahshid Dehghan22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Population Health Research Institute),
Silvia del Cerro1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 4 AuthorsAnwar T. Merchant ScD Mph Dmd36
Estimated H-index: 36
(University of South Carolina)
Abstract
Background The Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) is the most commonly used method for ranking individuals based on long term food intake in large epidemiological studies. The validation of an FFQ for specific populations is essential as food consumption is culture dependent. The aim of this study was to develop a Semi-quantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire (SFFQ) and evaluate its validity and reproducibility in estimating nutrient intake in urban and rural areas of Argentina. Methods/Principal Findings Overall, 256 participants in the Argentinean arm of the ongoing Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological study (PURE) were enrolled for development and validation of the SFFQ. One hundred individuals participated in the SFFQ development. The other 156 individuals completed the SFFQs on two occasions, four 24-hour Dietary Recalls (24DRs) in urban, and three 24DRs in rural areas during a one-year period. Correlation coefficients (r) and de-attenuated correlation coefficients between 24DRs and SFFQ were calculated for macro and micro-nutrients. The level of agreement between the two methods was evaluated using classification into same and extreme quartiles and the Bland-Altman method. The reproducibility of the SFFQ was assessed by Pearson correlation coefficients and Intra-class Correlation Coefficients (ICC). The SFFQ consists of 96 food items. In both urban and rural settings de-attenuated correlations exceeded 0.4 for most of the nutrients. The classification into the same and adjacent quartiles was more than 70% for urban and 60% for rural settings. The Pearson correlation between two SFFQs varied from 0.30–0.56 and 0.32–0.60 in urban and rural settings, respectively. Conclusion Our results showed that this SFFQ had moderate relative validity and reproducibility for macro and micronutrients in relation to the comparison method and can be used to rank individuals based on habitual nutrient intake.
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Mahshid Dehghan22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Population Health Research Institute),
Patricio Lopez Jaramillo1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 5 AuthorsAnwar T. Merchant ScD Mph Dmd36
Estimated H-index: 36
(University of South Carolina)
Abstract Objective To validate a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) against multiple 24-hour dietary recalls (DRs) that could be used for Colombian adults. Methods A convenience sample of 219 individuals participated in the study. The validity of the FFQ was evaluated against multiple DRs. Four dietary recalls were collected during the year, and an FFQ was administered at the end of the study along with the fourth DR. Results Deattenuated correlation coefficient for FFQ against mean intake of 4 ...
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Published on Jun 1, 2012in Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2.68
Mahshid Dehghan22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Population Health Research Institute),
Rafał Ilow12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Wrocław Medical University)
+ 4 AuthorsBożena Regulska-Ilow11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Wrocław Medical University)
How to cite this article: Dehghan M., Ilow R., Zatonska K., Szuba A., Zhang X., Mente A. & Regulska-Ilow B. (2012) Development, reproducibility and validity of the food frequency questionnaire in the Poland arm of the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study. J Hum Nutr Diet. 25, 225–232 Abstract Background: A food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) is the most commonly used method in large epidemiological studies. The validation of an FFQ is essential for specific populations because...
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Published on Dec 1, 2011in Nutrition Journal 3.57
Maria Jackson19
Estimated H-index: 19
(University of the West Indies),
Susan P Walker40
Estimated H-index: 40
(University of the West Indies)
+ 1 AuthorsFranklyn I Bennett30
Estimated H-index: 30
(University of the West Indies)
Background Assessment of habitual diet is important in investigations of diet-disease relationships. Many epidemiological studies use the food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) to evaluate dietary intakes but few studies validate the instrument against biological markers. The aim of this study was to assess the validity and reproducibility of a previously validated 70-item food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) that was expanded to 120-items to assess diet - cancer relations.
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 202
(Harvard University),
Y. Liu1
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Barry M. Popkin319
Estimated H-index: 319
(Harvard University)
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Published on May 11, 2011in PLOS ONE 2.77
Wei Xia12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Harbin Medical University),
Caihong Sun12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Harbin Medical University)
+ 4 AuthorsLi-JieWu14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Harbin Medical University)
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Stephanie E. Chiuve44
Estimated H-index: 44
+ 3 AuthorsFrank B. Hu202
Estimated H-index: 202
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Published on Apr 1, 2011in Nutrition and Cancer 2.26
Esther Kim6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Harvard University),
Barry M. Popkin319
Estimated H-index: 319
(Harvard University)
+ 2 AuthorsMark D. Holmes65
Estimated H-index: 65
(Harvard University)
Research on diet in breast cancer survival has been focused on single nutrients or foods, particularly dietary fat, fruits, vegetables, fiber, and alcohol. We hypothesized that diet quality indices decrease the risk of total and non-breast-cancer-related deaths in women diagnosed with breast cancer. We evaluated 4 dietary quality scores: Alternate Healthy Eating Index (AHEI), Diet Quality Index—Revised (DQIR), Recommended Food Score (RFS), and the alternate Mediterranean Diet Score (aMED), among...
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Estimated H-index: 54
(Population Health Research Institute),
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Estimated H-index: 35
(Population Health Research Institute)
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Estimated H-index: 209
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Estimated H-index: 29
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Estimated H-index: 48
(Wageningen University and Research Centre)
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Estimated H-index: 30
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 22
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Estimated H-index: 30
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Estimated H-index: 84
(University of Gothenburg)
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(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
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Estimated H-index: 4
(Qazvin University of Medical Sciences),
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Estimated H-index: 3
(Emory University),
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Estimated H-index: 22
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