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ARTACHO MARTIN-LAGOS, Reyes et al. Evaluation of Nutrire®: an On-Line Tool for Carrying Out Evaluation Studies to Assess Nutritional Status. Ars Pharm [online]. 2016, vol.57, n.1, pp.37-41. ISSN 2340-9894.

Introduction: Nutrire® is a computer programme, a product of three innovation teaching projects of the University of Granada (Spain), designed to carry out the assessment of the nutritional status by anthrometric, dietetic and biochemical parameters. Objectives: The main aim of this study is to present its overall results and to analyze its strengths and weaknesses and to carry out the modifications to improve the programme. Material and Method: An anonymous survey was carried out on 128 students from three different degrees and one the Master's degree. The survey included 6 questions on navigability and design and 5 about the academic content of the programme. Twenty post-graduates who had used the programme in their professional life were also interviewed. Results and Discussion: The average marking of the students was 4.1 out of 5. The main positive aspects which stood out were the ease of use of the computer programme, and the inclusion of photographs of foodstuffs which facilitated the choice of size of portion when evaluating a diet. Negative aspects that were commented on were the necessity to include more photos of foodstuffs, and the impossibility of using the programme without the internet. According to the post-graduates the main benefit of the programme is to have the three principal aspects of the assessment of the nutritional status. The weak points commented on are that the table showing the composition of the foodstuffs does not give information on simple sugars. Conclusion: Nutrire® is an easy tool to use and highly valued by both under-graduates and graduates to evaluate nutritional status.

Keywords : Nutritional assessment; teaching innovation project; software; learning.

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