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Design Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology$
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Barrie M. Margetts and Michael Nelson

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780192627391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192627391.001.0001

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2. Design, planning, and evaluation of nutritional epidemiological studies

2. Design, planning, and evaluation of nutritional epidemiological studies

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(p.39) 2. Design, planning, and evaluation of nutritional epidemiological studies
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Design Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology
Author(s):

Michael Nelson

Barrie M. Margetts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192627391.003.0002

This chapter outlines the key stages in the design and interpretation of nutritional epidemiological studies; considers the pitfalls likely to be met; reviews the ways in which new techniques may be of benefit; and presents a scheme for the systematic evaluation of study designs and published papers. The emphasis throughout is on creating an optimal study design; undertaking appropriate method testing and evaluation; and a consideration of the broader aspects of study design (e.g., cognitive testing, cultural factors, follow-up, compliance, and measures of change). The chapter ends with appendices on questionnaire design and administration, and guidelines for describing nutritional epidemiological study designs and methods.

Keywords:   study design, questionnaire design, methods, method testing, cognitive testing, cultural factors, method description, method definition

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