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This article was originally published as: Probst, YC & Tapsell, LC, Overview of Computerized Dietary Assessment Programs for Research and Practice in Nutrition Education, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 37(1), 20-26. The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior is published by Elsevier for the Society for Nutrition Education.


Computerized dietary assessment programs are often used for nutrition education research and practice. This article provides an informal overview of 29 dietary assessment programs mentioned in the literature covered by MEDLINE from 1996 to 2003, along with the components and capabilities of these programs derived from additional sources as needed. According to the literature, the advantages of using computers for dietary assessment include standardization of the questioning sequence, fast and easy processing, immediate results, and increased flexibility.The disadvantages include the need for typing skills and computer literacy, as well as potential bias in the responses if an interviewer is required.



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