Identifying and clarifying arguments in a recent debate regarding measures based on memory-based methods
Barnes, Ralph M.
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Two recent commentaries published in this journal argued against the usefulness of memory-based dietary assessment methods (M-BMs). A pair of responding commentaries disputed those negative claims regarding M-BMs and defended the usefulness of M-BMs. This article is intended to clarify the claims made in the four commentaries cited previously, identify the manner in which those claims have been supported, and suggest possible ways forward. In service of the goals of this article, I have identified the main arguments found in each of the four commentaries cited previously. I then partitioned each argument into two principle components: data and claim. I then identified the type of data used to support each claim. Finally, I have identified some of the potential reasons for the disagreements between the two parties and have suggested potential opportunities for progress on the issues at the heart of the controversy.
Barnes, Ralph M.. "Identifying and clarifying arguments in a recent debate regarding measures based on memory-based methods." Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (April 2019). DOI:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2019.03.013.