Dietary assessment methods in epidemiologic studies

Epidemiol Health. 2014 Jul 22:36:e2014009. doi: 10.4178/epih/e2014009. eCollection 2014.


Diet is a major lifestyle-related risk factor of various chronic diseases. Dietary intake can be assessed by subjective report and objective observation. Subjective assessment is possible using open-ended surveys such as dietary recalls or records, or using closed-ended surveys including food frequency questionnaires. Each method has inherent strengths and limitations. Continued efforts to improve the accuracy of dietary intake assessment and enhance its feasibility in epidemiological studies have been made. This article reviews common dietary assessment methods and their feasibility in epidemiological studies.

Keywords: 24-hour dietary recall; Dietary assessment; Dietary record; Food frequency questionnaire.

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  • Review