Exploring the Feasibility of Use of An Online Dietary Assessment Tool (myfood24) in Women with Gestational Diabetes

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  • Carla Gianfrancesco
  • Zoe J Darwin
  • Linda McGowan
  • Debbie Smith
  • Roz Haddrill
  • Michelle Carter
  • Eleanor Scott
  • Nisreen E Alwan
  • Michelle A Morris
  • Salwa A Albar
  • J. E. Cade
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2018
myfood24 is an online 24 hr dietary recall tool developed for nutritional epidemiological research. Its clinical application has been unexplored. This mixed methods study explores the feasibility and usability of myfood24 as a food record in a clinical population, women with gestational diabetes (GDM). Women were asked to complete five myfood24 food records, followed by a user questionnaire (including the System Usability Scale (SUS), a measure of usability), and were invited to participate in a semi-structured interview. Of the 199 participants, the mean age was 33 years, mean booking body mass index (BMI) 29.7 kg/m2, 36% primiparous, 57% White, 33% Asian. Of these, 121 (61%) completed myfood24 at least once and 73 (37%) completed the user questionnaire; 15 were interviewed. The SUS was found to be good (mean 70.9, 95% CI 67.1, 74.6). Interviews identified areas for improvement, including optimisation for mobile devices, and as a clinical management tool. This study demonstrates that myfood24 can be used as an online food record in a clinical population, and has the potential to support self-management in women with GDM. However, results should be interpreted cautiously given the responders’ demographic characteristics. Further research to explore the barriers and facilitators of uptake in people from ethnic minority and lower socioeconomic backgrounds is recommended.

    Research areas

  • 24-h recall, nutrition assessment, technology assisted dietary assessment, gestational diabetes

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External organisations

  • University of Leeds
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Southampton
  • King Abdulaziz University
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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