NCI releases new Dietary Assessment Primer

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) part of the National Institutes of Health, a funder of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), is pleased to announce the availability of a web-based Dietary Assessment Primer. Various types of self-report instruments have been developed to assess dietary intake. Each has distinct features and strengths. The Dietary Assessment Primer:

  • Describes the major types of instruments that rely on individuals reporting their own diets
  • Provides guidance on using the instruments alone or in combination to address different research questions
  • Compares key features of the main self-report dietary assessment instruments
  • Explains and provides guidance regarding validity, measurement error, and calibration in the context of dietary assessment
  • Provides expanded information about particular key topics in dietary assessment
  • Includes a glossary of key terms and an extensive list of references and resources

The Dietary Assessment Primer can be accessed at

The NCI scientific leads for this important new resource are Drs. Susan Krebs-Smith [NCCOR member], Amy Subar, Jill Reedy [NCCOR member], Fran Thompson, and TusaRebecca Schap, all in the NCI Applied Research Program’s Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch (RFMMB); Anne Brown Rodgers, science writer [NCCOR Coordinating Center member]; and Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick, formerly in the RFMMB and currently assistant professor at the University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems.

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