In a recent paper, Bourgeois and colleagues (including Dr. Jess Haines – Team ABC3 team member) found that despite barriers both clinicians and parents expressed interest in obesity prevention interventions delivered in primary care settings.
The team conducted focus groups with primary care clinicians (n = 40) and interviews with parents (n = 26) to determine what childhood obesity treatment support and barriers existed in the primary care setting. The focus groups also provided recommendations for implementing a prevention program in primary care, which led to promising results.
Although lack of time and sensitivity of the topic were seen as barriers, the trust and existing relationships offered in primary care settings were seen as facilitators to offering prevention interventions for young families.
Ultimately, this study can help inform strategies for implementing obesity prevention within primary care, taking into account the preferences of both primary care clinicians and parents.