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Diet History Questionnaire Paper-based Forms

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You are viewing the Web site for the original version of the DHQ. The latest version is the DHQ II. You may want to see the DHQ II version of this information.

DHQ-1 is the standard version of the NCI's Diet History Questionnaire. It was originally printed in 1998, reprinted in 2002 with minor changes to the front page and the development of a Spanish translation, and reprinted again in 2007 with changes to the Today's Date field to include the years 2007-2011. You may view or print a sample: [English DHQ1.2007Icon indicating linked file is archived content] [Spanish DHQ1.2007Icon indicating linked file is archived content].

The DHQ is available in a variety of file formats, each designed for a specific method of capturing the data from paper-based forms. Review the options below and determine the method that you will use to capture the data before downloading and printing copies for distribution. The DHQ and other required files are available on each method's page. As of August 2005, a Web-based version of the DHQ is also available as an option for capturing data.

DHQ data stored in an ASCII text file can be analyzed using the Diet*Calc software. Please be aware that although Diet*Calc is available at no cost, there may be costs associated with printing the forms and with scanning or entering the data. There are 3 methods for capturing survey data -- scanning, data entry, and computer-assisted interviews. To date, scanning has proven to be the most effective method for DHQ. However, information regarding all methods will be posted in the links below as it becomes available. When possible, we have included information regarding the costs involved.

  1. Scanning Paper Forms
  2. Keypunching DHQ Data

Users may be able to reduce costs by sharing information and resources with other users. Any new information we know of regarding economical printing, scanning, or data entry methods will be posted here as it becomes available. If you would like to submit information regarding your experience with the DHQ please contact the technical support staff. If you would like to share information with other researchers, please join the DHQ LISTSERV mailing list.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013