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Tool Information: Short Form FFQ

Macronutrient, Food Groups Usual; Retrospective Week/Month Food Frequency Questionnaire No


This tool is an non-quantitative, paper based, short food frequency questionnaire, which includes 25 food items and focuses on fruit, vegetables, fibre-rich foods, high fat and high-sugar foods, meat, meat products and fish. The aim of the tool was to measure diet quality for population surveys. The tool was validated in 2016.

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Special Considerations

The SFFFQ measures dietary quality and estimates a dietary quality score (DQS). An excel spreadsheet which calculates the DQS can be found on the Tool Resources tab.

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Software Required

Yes for data analysis. The Dietary Quality Score can be calculated in Excel

Training Required

Not reported

Instructions on use

Instructions on use can be found on the tool

Administration Method


Data Analysis

Data was analysed using an in-house nutrient analysis programme called Diet and Nutrition Tool for Evaluation (DANTE). The DQS was calculated in an in-house Excel spreadsheet, which is available for use on the Nutritools website.

Author Year Comparator Lifestage Sex Number of Nutrients Validated Mean Difference Variance Measured info Correlation Coefficients Percentage Agreement Limits of Agreement Special Considerations Action
Cleghorn 2016 Food Frequency Questionnaire Adults Both 2 N/A
24hr Recall Adults Both 2
  • T136 - Healthy diet index calculations FileType: xls, Download Number of downloads: 0
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  • T136 - SFDietQuest FileType: pdf, Download Number of downloads: 0

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