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

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


Carla Gianfrancesco

Zoe Darwin

Linda McGowan

Debbie Smith

Michelle Carter

Eleanor Scott

Nisreen Alwan

Michelle Morris

Salwa Albar

Janet Cade


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.


Gianfrancesco, C., Darwin, Z., McGowan, L., Smith, D., Haddrill, R., Carter, M., Scott, E., Alwan, N., Morris, M., Albar, S., & Cade, J. (2018). Exploring the Feasibility of Use of An Online Dietary Assessment Tool (myfood24) in Women with Gestational Diabetes. Nutrients, 10(9), Article 1147.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 21, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 23, 2018
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 21, 2022
Journal Nutrients
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 9
Article Number 1147
Keywords 24-h recall; nutrition assessment; technology assisted dietary assessment; gestational diabetes
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