Choosing a Method
How to Choose an Analysis Method Dependent on Purpose
HEI scoring and analysis methods vary by the primary purpose of the analysis: monitoring dietary intakes for a population using HEI score, examining relationships between HEI scores and other variables, and evaluating interventions using HEI scores.
Below are some possible research goals and analytic methods to consider. Available analytic methods for which SAS code have been developed are listed; though researchers should note these methods have limitations. (For some research goals, the SAS code remains under development for the recommended analytic method.)
To learn more about the available analytic methods, click on the method of interest in the chart below.
- Research Goal: Monitoring Dietary Intakes
- Research Goal: Relate HEI Components/Score to an Outcome
- Research Goal: Compare Intervention Groups
*Multivariate Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method for relating HEI components/score to an outcome is currently under development."