Computerized self-administered measures of mood and appetite for older adults: the novel assessment of nutrition and ageing toolkit

Brown, L. J.E., Adlam, T., Hwang, F., Khadra, H., Maclean, L. M., Rudd, B., Smith, T., Timon, C., Williams, E. A. and Astell, A. J. (2018) Computerized self-administered measures of mood and appetite for older adults: the novel assessment of nutrition and ageing toolkit. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 37(2), pp. 157-176. (doi:10.1177/0733464816630636) (PMID:26912736)

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Abstract

The “Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing” (NANA) toolkit is a computerized system for collecting longitudinal information about older adults’ health and behavior. Here, we describe the validation of six items for measuring older adults’ self-reported mood and appetite as part of the NANA system. In Study 1, 48 community-living older adults (aged 65-89 years) completed NANA measures of their current mood and appetite alongside standard paper measures, on three occasions, in a laboratory setting. In Study 2, 40 community-living older adults (aged 64-88 years) completed daily NANA measures of momentary mood and appetite in their own homes, unsupervised, alongside additional measures of health and behavior, over three 7-day periods. The NANA measures were significantly correlated with standard measures of mood and appetite, and showed stability over time. They show utility for tracking mood and appetite longitudinally, and for better understanding links with other aspects of health and behavior.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by Grant ES/ G008779/1 awarded to A.J.A., T.A., F.H., and E.A.W. from the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Programme. The funding partners of the NDA are Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), and Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Keywords:Affect, self-assessment, longitudinal assessment, validation studies, computer systems, health, well-being.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maclean, Dr Linda
Authors: Brown, L. J.E., Adlam, T., Hwang, F., Khadra, H., Maclean, L. M., Rudd, B., Smith, T., Timon, C., Williams, E. A., and Astell, A. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Applied Gerontology
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:0733-4648
ISSN (Online):1552-4523
Published Online:10 February 2016

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