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Development and evaluation of an online tool for management of overweight children in primary care: a pilot study

Park, MH; Skow, A; Puradiredja, DI; Lucas, A; Syrad, H; Sovio, U; White, B; ... Kinra, S; + view all (2015) Development and evaluation of an online tool for management of overweight children in primary care: a pilot study. BMJ Open , 5 (6) , Article e007326. 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007326. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore the acceptability of implementing an online tool for the assessment and management of childhood obesity (Computer-Assisted Treatment of CHildren, CATCH) in primary care. DESIGN AND SETTING: An uncontrolled pilot study with integral process evaluation conducted at three general practices in northwest London, UK (November 2012–April 2013). PARTICIPANTS: Families with concerns about excess weight in a child aged 5–18 years (n=14 children). INTERVENTION: Families had a consultation with a doctor or nurse using CATCH, which assessed child weight status, cardiometabolic risk and risk of emotional and behavioural difficulties and provided personalised lifestyle advice. Families and practitioners completed questionnaires to assess the acceptability and usefulness of the consultation, and participated in semistructured interviews which explored user experiences. OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome was family satisfaction with the tool-assisted consultation. Secondary outcomes were practitioners’ satisfaction, and acceptability and usefulness of the intervention to families and practitioners. RESULTS: The majority of families (86%, n=12) and all practitioners (n=4) were satisfied with the consultation. Participants reported that the tool was easy to use, the personalised lifestyle advice useful and the use of visual aids beneficial. Families and practitioners identified a need for practical, structured support for weight management following the consultation. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this pilot study indicate that an online tool for assessment and management of childhood obesity can be implemented in primary care, and is acceptable to patients, families and practitioners. Further development and evaluation of the tool is warranted.

Type: Article
Title: Development and evaluation of an online tool for management of overweight children in primary care: a pilot study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007326
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007326
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt and build upon this work, for commercial use, provided the original work is properly cited. See: http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1510697
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