Measuring dietary intake in remote Australian Aboriginal communities
Lee, Amanda J., Smith, Anthony, Bryce, Suzy, O'Dea, Kerin, Rutishauser, Ingrid H.E., & Mathews, John D. (1995) Measuring dietary intake in remote Australian Aboriginal communities. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 34(1), pp. 19-31.
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This paper reports a comparison of the practicality, acceptability and face validity of five dietary intake methods in two remote Australian Aboriginal communities: weighed dietary intake, 24‐hour recall, ‘store‐turnover’, diet history and food frequency methods. The methods used to measure individual dietary intake were poorly accepted by the communities. Quantitative data were obtained only from the first three methods. The 24‐hour recall method tended to produce higher nutrient intakes than the weighed intake method and certain foods appeared to be selectively recalled according to perceived nutritional desirability. The ‘store‐turnover’ method was most acceptable to the communities and had less potential for bias than the other methods. It was also relatively objective, non‐intrusive, rapid, easy and inexpensive. However, food distribution patterns within the communities could not be assessed by this method. Nevertheless, other similarly isolated communities may benefit by use of the ‘store‐turnover’ method.
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