The relative validity of the menzies remote short-item dietary assessment tool (MRSDAT) in aboriginal Australian children aged 6–36 months

Emma Tonkin, Dani Kennedy, Rebecca Golley, Rebecca Byrne, Athira Rohit, Therese Kearns, Sarah Hanieh, Beverley Ann Biggs, Julie Brimblecombe

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The Menzies Remote Short-item Dietary Assessment Tool (MRSDAT) can be used to derive a dietary index score, which measures the degree of compliance with the Australian Dietary Guidelines. This study aimed to determine the relative validity of a dietary index score for children aged 6–24 months, living in a Remote Aboriginal Community (RAC), derived using MRSDAT. This validation study compared dietary index scores derived using MRSDAT with those derived from the average of three 24-h recalls. Participants were aged 6–36 months at the first dietary assessment and were living in a RAC. The level of agreement between the two methods was explored using Lin’s concordance correlation coefficient (CCC), Bland-Altman plots, weighted Cohen’s kappa, and Fischer’s exact and paired t-tests. Forty participants were recruited. The CCC was poor between methods (R = 0.35, 95% CI 0.06, 0.58), with MRSDAT estimating higher dietary intake scores for all food groups except fruit, and higher dietary quality scores by an average of 4.78 points/100. Community-based Aboriginal researchers were central to this validation study. MRSDAT was within the performance range of other short-item dietary assessment tools developed for young children, and shows promise for use with very young children in RACs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number590
Number of pages13
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2018


  • Diet
  • Food
  • Indigenous
  • Public health
  • Questionnaire

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