Assessing dietary intake for patient education planning and evaluation

Judith Wylie-Rosett, Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Patricia Elmer

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Assessment of dietary intake is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of nutrition education in risk reduction. Dietary intake can be assessed by self-report, objective physiological measures or corroborative information. The four self-report methods are recalls, food records, food frequency questionnaires and food histories. Validation of these self-report methods may involve comparison with other self-report data, corroboration from other individuals, or objective laboratory tests. This paper discusses the advantages and weaknessess of each of these methods for patient education researchers, coordinators, and counselors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-227
Number of pages11
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1990


  • 24-hour recall
  • Dietary intake
  • Food frequency questionnaire
  • Food history
  • Food record

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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