Lessons Learnt About Conducting a Multilingual Nutrition Survey in Switzerland: Results from menuCH Pilot Survey.

Chatelan, Angeline; Marques-Vidal, Pedro; Bucher, Sabine; Siegenthaler, Stefan; Metzger, Nathalie; Zuberbühler, Christine Anne; Camenzind-Frey, Esther; Reggli, Andrea; Bochud, Murielle; Beer-Borst, Sigrid (2017). Lessons Learnt About Conducting a Multilingual Nutrition Survey in Switzerland: Results from menuCH Pilot Survey. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, 87(1-2), pp. 25-36. Hogrefe 10.1024/0300-9831/a000429

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This paper informs about the implementation of the first trilingual Swiss nutrition pilot survey and lessons learnt in terms of recruitment, participation, data collection feasibility, and data management. The population-based cross-sectional nutrition pilot survey took place between June and November 2013. Six trained dietitians interviewed 276 adults aged 18-75 years residing in the cantons of Bern (German), Vaud (French) or Ticino (Italian). Food consumption was assessed with two non-consecutive computer-assisted 24-Hour Dietary Recalls (24HDR), applying a trilingual version of GloboDiet® adapted to specific requirements of Switzerland. The first interview was face-to-face and included anthropometric measurements while the second was by phone. Quality controls consisted mainly in the descriptive analysis of data at food level, and the observation and rating of 21 interviews (4%) by coordinators. Net participation rate was 29%. Participants and non-participants were similar: mean [±SD] age was 49±16 and 47±16 years, and women proportion 49.6% and 49.8%, respectively. Training and data collection proved feasible and deliverable in the six months using the newly developed survey instruments. Dietitians followed the standard operating procedures. Quality controls on food consumption data showed comparable results between face-to-face and phone 24HDR, and across dietitians (median number of reported food items per 24HDR: 27). Procedures to transfer and clean food consumption data were developed. The implementation concept proved applicable in the trilingual Swiss context. Additional resources were planned for increasing participation rate and facilitating data cleaning.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Bucher, Sabine and Beer-Borst, Sigrid Maria


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services








Doris Kopp Heim

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24 Apr 2018 11:28

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24 Oct 2019 06:30

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National nutrition survey anthropometry computer-assisted 24-hour dietary recall (GloboDiet®/EPIC-Soft® food consumption multilingual pilot survey participation rate





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