Submitted to: International Conference of Dietary Assessment Methods
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: March 24, 2006
Publication Date: April 26, 2006
Citation: Perloff, B., Anand, J., Seinfeldt, L. 2006. Let your data collection instrument "speak" to you [abstract]. 6th International Conference on Dietary Assessment Methods, April 27-29, 2006, Copenhagen, Denmark. Program & Abstracts. P04-17. Technical Abstract: A well-designed instrument for collecting 24-hour food recalls does more than provide data on the consumption habits of your subjects. It tells you how well your interviewers perform and identifies where you need to provide additional training. It tells you which questions work well and which questions need revision. It tells you about new foods in the market place, new package sizes, and new restaurant foods. It lets you know when new food and restaurant trends are emerging. Furthermore, it guides you to the exact location in the instrument to accommodate changes for keeping the instrument up-to-date. The Automated Multiple Pass Method (AMPM) communicates all of these messages to the Food Surveys Research Group at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where it was developed and is maintained for collecting national dietary data in the U.S. Examples will be shown of how management information from the AMPM is used to monitor data collection, to evaluate instrument effectiveness, and to make revisions that accommodate the latest trends in food consumption.