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Supporting visual assessment of food and nutrient intake in a clinical care setting

Comber, R., Weeden, R., Lindsay, S., Teal, G., MacDonald, A., Methven, L., Moynihan, P. and Oliver, P. (2012) Supporting visual assessment of food and nutrient intake in a clinical care setting. In: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 5–10, 2012, Austin, Texas, USA, pp. 919-922.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2207676.2208534

Abstract/Summary

Monitoring nutritional intake is an important aspect of the care of older people, particularly for those at risk of malnutrition. Current practice for monitoring food intake relies on hand written food charts that have several inadequacies. We describe the design and validation of a tool for computer-assisted visual assessment of patient food and nutrient intake. To estimate food consumption, the application compares the pixels the user rubbed out against predefined graphical masks. Weight of food consumed is calculated as a percentage of pixels rubbed out against pixels in the mask. Results suggest that the application may be a useful tool for the conservative assessment of nutritional intake in hospitals.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Food Research Group
ID Code:36733
Publisher:CHI’12, May 5–10, Austin, Texas, USA

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