- Employs research-based strategies to enhance dietary recall:
- Respondent-driven approach allowing initial recall to be self-defined
- Association with the day's events
- Probes for frequently forgotten foods
- Repetition with minimal burden
- Reviews 24-hour day
- Placement of foods with eating occasions
- Interviewer-administered, in person or by telephone
- Extensive automated capabilities, including:
- Unique questions and response options specific for each food
- Routing of questions based on previous responses
- Food lookup tables reflecting today's food market
- Ability to add, change, or delete foods anytime during the interview
- Automated edit checks performed during data entry
- Notepad features for interviewer comments
- Companion Food Model Booklet, an aid for estimating portion sizes
- Companion, supportive computer systems for auto-coding, manual coding, and quality control
- Utilizes the Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies
Read more about USDA's Automated Multiple-Pass Method:
Bliss, R.M. (2004). Researchers produce innovation in dietary recall.Agric Res 52(6):10-12.
Raper N, Perloff B, Ingwersen L, Steinfeldt L, and Anand J. (2004). An overview of USDA’s Dietary Intake Data System.J Food Compos Anal 17(3-4):545-55.
McBride J. (2001). Was it a slab, a slice, or a sliver? High tech innovations take survey to new level.Agric Res 49(3):4-7.