Although most youth in pediatric weight management programs have access to cellphones and home internet access, a recent study found that for communication with healthcare providers the majority preferred ‘the old fashioned way’ – face to face.
The study asked youth 12-17 years old, from seven participating centres in the Childhood Obesity Multi Program Analysis and Study System network (COMPASS), 24 questions regarding what types of devices they used for specific activities, how use differed during the course of a week, and how they preferred to communicate with healthcare providers. Out of the 292 respondents, 60% preferred face-to-face communication. However, youth also indicated that text messages could be helpful as lifestyle reminders and were open to electronic messaging for reminders to exercise and appointments.
There was also quite a bit of data collected regarding the use of video games. The results showed self-reported video game use was less than previously described.