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Research Project: Childhood Obesity Prevention

Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: Validation of the Portuguese self-administered computerised 24-hour dietary recall among second-, third- and fourth-grade children

Author
item Carvalho, M - University Of Lisbon
item Baranowski, Tom - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
item Foster, E - University Of Newcastle
item Santos, O - University Of Lisbon
item Cardoso, B - New University Of Lisbon
item Rito, A - National Institute Of Health (INSA)
item Pereira Miguel, J - University Of Lisbon

Submitted to: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/1/2014
Publication Date: 12/1/2015
Citation: Carvalho, M.A., Baranowski, T., Foster, E., Santos, O., Cardoso, B., Rito, A., Pereira Miguel, J. 2015. Validation of the Portuguese self-administered computerised 24-hour dietary recall among second-, third- and fourth-grade children. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 28(6):666-674.

Interpretive Summary: Colleagues in Portugal developed a computer-based 24 hour dietary recall software program for children, called the PAC24, based on ideas and methods developed by our CNRC team. Using methods also developed by us, children's lunch intake was observed on day 1 while on day 2 the children completed the PAC24 program. The foods and portion sizes reported on the PAC24 were compared to those observed consumed (by the same children) on the previous day. There was reasonable agreement between child completed and observed foods. While mean accuracy in reported and observed portion size estimation was close for the agreed upon foods, PAC24 under-estimated the weight of foods consumed by 32%. The developers will make some modifications to the PAC24 to fix problems reported by the children, and then it will be used for child dietary assessments across Portugal.

Technical Abstract: Current methods for assessing children's dietary intake, such as interviewer-administered 24-h dietary recall (24-h DR), are time consuming and resource intensive. Self-administered instruments offer a low-cost diet assessment method for use with children. The present study assessed the validity of the Portuguese self-administered, computerised, 24-h DR (PAC24) against the observation of school lunch. Forty-one, 7–10-year-old children from two elementary schools, in Lisbon, were observed during school lunch followed by completion of the PAC24 the next day. Accuracy for reporting items was measured in terms of matches, intrusions and omissions; accuracy for reporting amounts was measured in terms of arithmetic and absolute differences for matches and amounts for omissions and intrusions; and accuracy for reporting items and amounts combined was measured in terms of total inaccuracy. The ratio of the estimated weight of food consumed with the actual weight consumed was calculated along with the limits of agreement using the method of Bland and Altman. Comparison of PAC24 against observations at the food level resulted in values of 67.0% for matches, 11.5% for intrusions and 21.5% for omissions. The mean for total inaccuracy was 3.44 servings. For amounts, accuracy was high for matches (-0.17 and 0.23 servings for arithmetic and absolute differences, respectively) and lower for omissions (0.61 servings) and intrusions (0.55 servings). PAC24 was found to under-estimate the weight of food on average by 32% of actual intake. PAC24 is a lower-burden procedure for both respondents and researchers and, with slight modification, comprises a promising method for assessing diet among children.