Stated below are the most frequently asked questions. If your question is not on this list you can always contact us on SPADE@rivm.nl.
Is it possible to use SPADE outside RIVM?
Yes, the Program can be requested, see Access
What are the costs? SPADE is freely available.
Is the method published?
A comprehensive description of SPADE is published in: Dekkers
ALM, Verkaik-Kloosterman J, van Rossum CTM, Ocké MC. SPADE, a new
statistical program to estimate habitual dietary intake from
multiple food sources and dietary supplements. J Nutr.
What is the best reference?
If habitual intake results generated with SPADE are published, the
use of SPADE (with version number) should be referenced. Further,
the paper with the comprehensive description of SPADE should be
referenced: Dekkers ALM, Verkaik-Kloosterman J, van Rossum CTM,
Ocké MC. SPADE, a new statistical program to estimate habitual
dietary intake from multiple food sources and dietary supplements.
J Nutr, in press.
If I think I found a mistake in the program, is it
possible to let somebody know?
Should you find any errors or have any comments or
suggestions, please contact our team (Arnold Dekkers, Janneke
Verkaik-Kloosterman and Marga Ocké) working on SPADE: SPADE@rivm.nl.
Are there alternative options than SPADE to model the
habitual/usual intake distribution?
Yes, various options are available, such as MCRA, PC-side (formerly
C-SIDE), NCI-usual intake, and MSM. Using the basic models the
results of the different methods is generally similar. However each
software has its specific features and aspects that my result in
preference of one above the other; e.g. availability of specific
models, availability, costs, user-friendliness [Souverein, 2011].
See for more detail Spade
and other programs for habitual intake.