INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE FOR SELF-REPORTED DIET ASSESSMENT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2952
Amount: $273,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Jwk International Corp.
7617 Little River Turnpike, Su, Ite 800, Annandale, VA, 22003
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Teresita B. Hernandez
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 750-0500
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP AND TEST INTERACTIVE MICROCOMPUTER SOFTWARE FOR A SELF-REPORTED DIETARY ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENT. THE FRAMEWORK FOR DIETARY ASSESSMENT IS A STEPWISE FOOD GROUP SELECTION AND QUANTIFICATION OF THE RESPONDENT'S USUAL (OR TIME REFERENCED) INTAKE THIS PROJECT IS AIMED AT SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS OF RESPONDENT BURDEN, RELIABILITY, VALIDITY, AND TIMELINESS OF DATA REPORTING THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF MICROCOMPUTER TECHNOLOGY TO AN IMPROVED QUESTIONNAIRE DESIGN. THE SOFTWARE TO BE DEVELOPED IN PHASE I WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING FEATURES, WHICH ARE MARKED IMPROVEMENTS OVER CURRENT METHODS:QUERIES INCLUDING QUALITY ESTIMATIONS ARE PRESENTED TO RESPONDENTS IN A UNIFORM WAY. SINCE RESPONDENTS INTERACT WITH PERSONAL COMPUTERS DIRECTLY, INTERVIEWER VARIABILITY AND POSSIBLE BIAS ARE CODING AND QUANTITY CONVERSIONS ARE COMPUTER GENERATED, THEREBY ELIMINATING A TEDIOUS, TIME CONSUMING PROCESS, AS WELL AS CODING ERRORS. FRAMES OF QUESTIONS ARE MODULAR, AND CAN BE PRESENTED TO RESPONDENTS IN A SELECTIVE FASHION, DEPENDING ON STUDY NEEDS AND FOOD ILLUSTRATIONS, RATHER THAN TEXT LISTINGS, SERVE AS SELECTION CUES, THUS INCREASING THE VISUAL APPEAL OF THE PROGRAM. THE ABOVE FEATURES WILL BE FULLY DEVELOPED AND TESTED IN PHASE II OF THIS PROPOSED PROJECT.

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