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Validation of a food frequency questionnaire for assessing Macronutrient and calcium intake in adult Pakistani population
Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan
  • Romaina Iqbal, Aga Khan University
  • Mohammad Ali Haroon, Ziauddin University
  • Farhan Javed Dar, Aga Khan University
  • Mujtaba Bilgirami, Aga Khan University
  • Gulshan Bano, Aga Khan University
  • Aysha Habib Khan, Aga Khan University
Publication Date
4-1-2014
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Objective: To develop and validate a food frequency table (FFQ) for use in urban Pakistani population. Study Design: A validation study. Place and Duration of Study: The Aga Khan University, Karachi, from June to November 2008. Methodology: Healthy adult females, aged ≥ 18 years who consented to be included in the study were inducted, while males, unhealthy females, aged below 18 years or who did not consent were excluded. The FFQ was administered once while 4, 24 hours recalls spread over a period of one year were administered as the reference method. Daily intakes for energy, protein, fat, and calcium intake were estimated for both the tools. Crude and energy adjusted correlations for nutrient intakes were computed for the FFQ and mean of 4, 24 hours recalls and serum N-telopeptide of type-I collagen (NTx). Results: The correlation coefficients for the FFQ with mean of 4, 24 hours recall ranged from 0.21 for protein to 0.36 for calcium, while the correlation for nutrient estimates from the FFQ with NTx ranged from -0.07 for calcium to 0.01 for energy. Conclusion: Highly significant correlations were found for nutrient intakes estimated from the FFQ vs. those estimated from the mean of 4, 24 hours recalls but no correlations was found between nutrient estimates from the FFQ and serum NTx levels. FFQ was concluded to be a valid tool for assessing dietary intake of adult females in Pakistan.
Citation Information
Romaina Iqbal, Mohammad Ali Haroon, Farhan Javed Dar, Mujtaba Bilgirami, et al.. "Validation of a food frequency questionnaire for assessing Macronutrient and calcium intake in adult Pakistani population" Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan Vol. 24 Iss. 4 (2014) p. 224 - 227
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