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Food Frequency Methods

Walter Willett

in Nutritional Epidemiology

Third edition

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199754038
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754038.003.0005

Series: Monographs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Food Frequency Methods

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This chapter discusses the use of food frequency questionnaires for measuring dietary intake in epidemiologic studies. Food frequency questionnaires are extremely practical in epidemiologic applications because they are easy for subjects to complete, often as a self-administered form. Processing is readily computerized and inexpensive, so that even prospective studies involving tens of thousands of subjects are feasible. In constructing food frequency questionnaires, careful attention must be given to the choice of foods, the clarity of the questions, and the format of the frequency response section.

Keywords: food frequency questionnaires; nutrition; dietary assessment; epidemiologic studies

Chapter.  12910 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Statistics and Methodology

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