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Tool Information: Quest1

Full Nutrient, Food Groups Usual; Retrospective 3 Months Food Frequency Questionnaire No


This is a paper-based self-administered food frequency questionnaire aiming to establish individual habitual dietary intake over a 3-month period in 18 to 65 year old adults.The tool contained 79 questions on meal patterns, food frequency and types of foods consumed as well as 46 questions on the types of food eaten, cooking methods and on high-salt foods and alcohol. The tool was validated in 1991.

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M. G. O' Donnell

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Special Considerations

An update to the food composition table is required. Completion took on average 40 minutes.

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Instructions on use

Not reported

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Data Analysis

Instructions on how the dietary data was analysed can be found in the publications

Author Year Comparator Lifestage Sex Number of Nutrients Validated Mean Difference Variance Measured info Correlation Coefficients Percentage Agreement Limits of Agreement Special Considerations Action
O'Donnell 1991 Weighed Food Diary Adults Both 20 Healthy Caucasian who are not suffering from any chronic disorder nor following any special or therapeutic diet
Weighed Food Diary Adults Male Only 20
Weighed Food Diary Adults Female Only 20
Biomarkers Adults Both 3
Biomarkers Adults Male Only 3
Biomarkers Adults Female Only 3