Rush University Food Frequency Questionnaire (Rush-FFQ)
The Rush University Food Frequency Questionnaire (Rush-FFQ) was developed at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging by Dr. Martha Clare Morris and her team. It is a 142-item semi-quantitative dietary assessment tool which provides information about intake of various foods, beverages, and dietary supplements in the prior 12-month timeframe. The Rush-FFQ was created after comparative examination with other such tools, including the Harvard-FFQ, Block-FFQ and by adding some brain healthy foods, supported by scientific evidence. The RUSH-FFQ has been validated in older adults: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Validity+and+Reproducibility+of+a+Food+Frequency+Questionnaire+by+Cognition+in+an+Older+Biracial+Sample (Morris et al., 2003). This tool is currently used in two research studies at Rush: the Memory and Aging Project (cohort study) and the MIND clinical trial.
Administration and Processing:
The Rush-FFQ can be self-administered in electronic or paper format. Processing of the tool is done at RUSH. The RUSH-FFQ database has been developed from the Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR) Software Food and Nutrient Database, offered through the Nutrition Coordinating Center at the University of Minnesota: http://www.ncc.umn.edu/products/. The Rush-FFQ database is used to analyze 169 nutrients, nutrient ratios and other components.
If you are interested in learning more about the Rush-FFQ and/ or would like to request the questionnaire, please contact:
Dr. Puja Agrawal: Puja_Agarwal@rush.edu
Morris MC, Tangney CC, Bienias JL, Evans DA, Wilson RS. (2003). Validity and reproducibility of a food frequency questionnaire by cognition in an older biracial sample. American journal of epidemiology, 158(12): 1213-1217.
Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR) Software Food and Nutrient Database, Nutrition Coordinating Center at the University of Minnesota: http://www.ncc.umn.edu/products/.