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Register of Validated Short Dietary Assessment Instruments

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Welcome to the Register of Validated Short Dietary Assessment Instruments. Unlike food records and 24-hour dietary recalls that aim to capture the total diet, short instruments assess limited aspects of the diet and are thus less burdensome for respondents and researchers.

The purpose of the register is to provide easy access to descriptive information about validated short instruments. The register contains descriptive information about the instruments identified (over 135) along with any associated validation studies and publications, and copies of the instruments themselves when available.

Search or Browse the Register for Particular Criteria

Estimates of intake from short dietary assessment instruments are generally not as accurate as those from more detailed methods, such as 24-hour dietary recalls. Short dietary assessment instruments may be most useful for:

  • characterizing a population's median intakes;
  • discriminating among individuals or populations with regard to higher vs. lower intakes;
  • examining interrelationships between diet and other variables; or
  • comparing findings from a smaller study to a larger population study, such as the National Health Interview Survey.

Short dietary assessment instruments generally are not useful for:

  • characterizing a population's usual intake distribution, needed to estimate prevalence of intakes above or below a given level;
  • accurately assessing an individual's intake; or
  • measuring change in intervention studies.

Articles reporting evaluative information for short instruments were identified through a literature review using electronic databases, and limited to articles published in English language peer-reviewed journals in January 1998 or later. Descriptive information was compiled from each article. Copies of instruments to share were requested of all publication authors. Publications and instruments will be added to the register as they become available.

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By default, the Register of Validated Short Dietary Assessment Instruments page displays all instruments in our database. If you are only interested in certain kinds of instruments, you can use the filtering controls to narrow the scope of the list.

It's not necessary to enter a choice in every category. If you're not interested in a certain category, keep its default setting.

The Dietary factors, Questionnaire format, Reference tools, and Race/ethnicity of study population fields are multiple-choice. Instruments will be included in your results if they match at least one of the options you select.

Note: In the case of Dietary factors and Reference tools, a single instrument might match more than one option. Furthermore, an instrument may list more than one reference tool, in which case each tool will be matched separately against the selected options.

The rest of the fields are single-choice. When you choose one of the "Any …" options, that field will be ignored when filtering the list of instruments.