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

Carla Gianfrancesco, Zoe Darwin, Linda McGowan, Debbie M. Smith, Roz Haddrill, Michelle Carter, Eleanor M. Scott, Nisreen A. Alwan, Michelle A. Morris, Salwa A. Albar, Janet E. Cade

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1147
Number of pages16
JournalNutrients
Volume10
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes

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    Gianfrancesco, C., Darwin, Z., McGowan, L., Smith, D. M., Haddrill, R., Carter, M., ... Cade, J. E. (2018). Exploring the Feasibility of Use of An Online Dietary Assessment Tool (myfood24) in Women with Gestational Diabetes. Nutrients, 10(9), [1147]. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10091147