2. Design, planning, and evaluation of nutritional epidemiological studies

Michael Nelson and Barrie M. Margetts

in Design Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology

Second edition

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780192627391
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723704 | DOI:
2. Design, planning, and evaluation of nutritional epidemiological studies

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This chapter outlines the key stages in the design and interpretation of nutritional epidemiological studies; considers the pitfalls likely to be met; reviews the ways in which new techniques may be of benefit; and presents a scheme for the systematic evaluation of study designs and published papers. The emphasis throughout is on creating an optimal study design; undertaking appropriate method testing and evaluation; and a consideration of the broader aspects of study design (e.g., cognitive testing, cultural factors, follow-up, compliance, and measures of change). The chapter ends with appendices on questionnaire design and administration, and guidelines for describing nutritional epidemiological study designs and methods.

Keywords: study design; questionnaire design; methods; method testing; cognitive testing; cultural factors; method description; method definition

Chapter.  11370 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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