Diet History Questionnaire: Cost Estimates
Costs associated with using the DHQ involve printing and scanning. The software
which analyzes data from the DHQ, Diet*Calc, is free. Typically, DHQ users have contracted
with commercial vendors to create custom DHQ forms and provide scanning services. A few organizations have sufficient
IT resources to develop and scan forms in-house (for example, organizations that distribute and analyze questionnaires
for a large number of studies). A variety of commercial solutions are available for printing and scanning forms. For
example, DHQ templates have been provided by DHQ users who have had success using Cardiffs
TELEform Information Capture System. Keyboard data entry can be an alternative
to printing scannable forms and using scanners to capture the data, though it can be costly and error-prone unless
your organization has effective data entry capabilities already in place.
If you use an outside contractor, the costs involved will vary depending on study size, and whether you use NCI's
version of the DHQ without changes or if you make modifications specific to your study. The following companies provide
services for printing or scanning DHQ forms (any companies that would like to be added to this list should contact
DHQ Technical Support).
||Getting Completed Forms to Vendor
|Optimum Solutions Corporation (OSC)
| Modifications to the template used to scan completed questionnaires
range in cost from $25 to $250, depending on the extent of
changes. For example, adding or deleting questions on a page
will affect all the subsequent pages. Therefore, changes made
to the beginning of the questionnaire will affect more subsequent
pages than will changes made at the end, thus incurring more
|The cost per form is:
$3.00 for <500 forms
$2.50 for >500 forms
| You distribute the forms, then collect them when completed. You send the completed questionnaires in batches of at least 100 forms to OSC for scanning.
A minimum of $500 will be billed for processing the forms.
This will cover the cost of scanning 259 DHQ-1 forms.
Each additional form will cost
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