Care in the Community and at Home Preventing Childhood Obesity
Addressing obesity and mental health outcomes in toddlers at risk: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial comparing usual care to group-based parenting and home visits in primary care.
Childhood obesity is an urgent pediatric issue, and parents and doctors in Ontario have identified obesity prevention as one of the top five research priorities for children. A strategy that aims to prevent childhood obesity through primary care may have broad impact, since most children in Ontario visit their doctor many times in the first 3 years of life.
This project will determine whether a highly promising primary care-based intervention combining group-based parenting skills training and nurse home visits with a focus on healthy nutrition, activity and sleep will lead to improved weight status in 1.5 to 3 year-old children. Combining the best available evidence for childhood obesity prevention with existing primary health care and public health resources in Ontario may lead to an effective provincial strategy for childhood obesity prevention.
To capture the perspectives of
parents and clinicians in Ontario on pediatric preventive care, an online
questionnaire was circulated to parents of children aged 0-5 years through TARGet Kids!, as well as to pediatricians and family physicians through the Ontario
Forty-two clinicians and 115 parents helped to prioritize obesity
prevention, advancing parenting skills, and mental health promotion for early
childhood as critical health needs. A consensus workshop using the Nominal
Group Technique ranked the top 10 most important unanswered research questions.
Parents were recruited through TARGet
Kids! to be on a Citizen’s Panel to review and provide feedback on the study
protocol, recruitment methods, quality of the intervention, overall conduct of
the trial, and address issues of access, and other barriers to participation.
The Citizen’s Panel will meet virtually twice at the start of the project as
well as at the end of the project when they will review project findings and
the dissemination plan.