Development of CaffCo – caffeine consumption habits questionnaire
Caffeine is used widely around the world, be it as a stimulant for mental or physical performance, mood enhancer or flavouring. However, its use can also give rise to negative effects, such as sleep loss, headaches, withdrawal-like symptoms, and in the case of caffeine overdoses, hospitalisation and even death. Currently no data exists in NZ examining the interactions between how much caffeine people consume, the sources of caffeine ingestion and the reasons for this intake. This study will develop a questionnaire examining these issues, which may be used in future projects to understand caffeine intake in the wider NZ population. The questionnaire will be developed using data collected from a series of focus groups run as part of this research, where a variety of people from different backgrounds will be involved in group discussion on caffeine consumption patterns.
Student: Karli Rowe (MSc Nutrition and Dietetics)
Collaborators: Dr Kay Rutherfurd-Markwick and Dr Carol Wham (Massey University)