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Recall of Remote Diet

Walter Willett

in Nutritional Epidemiology

Second edition

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780195122978
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195122978.003.07

Series: Monographs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Recall of Remote Diet

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This chapter deals with the recall of diet from the remote past. For some diseases, including many cancers, the effect of diet is hypothesized to occur many years before diagnosis; thus, the ability to recall diet in the remote past is of considerable interest. Either relatively unstructured diet histories or food frequency questionnaires can be used to focus questions on a remote period of time. Studies indicate that diet may be recalled with acceptable levels of misclassification up to approximately ten years; beyond this period greater uncertainty exists.

Keywords: diet; food intake; remote recall; misclassification; diet recall

Chapter.  4050 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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