Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Improving Health Services

 

Family recommendations for improving health services to manage severe obesity in children with disabilities

Project Lead: Amy McPherson

Timeline: January 2018 – December 2019

Objectives: To explore families’ experiences in managing severe obesity and identify families’ recommendations for improving health services to manage severe obesity in children with disabilities and their parents.

Research Plan: Families recruited through tertiary-level multidisciplinary obesity management clinics in Vancouver, Edmonton, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, and through a pediatric outpatient clinic in Toronto, will be asked about their experiences with and recommendations for improving health services to manage severe obesity in children with disabilities. Demographic and clinical data will be collected for descriptive purposes. Guided by an ecological perspective, the research team will use thematic data analysis to identify family experiences and recommendations at the family, social and health care services levels.

Outcomes: This qualitative study will reveal families’ experiences and recommendations for improving health services to manage severe obesity in children with disabilities, inform modifications to health services delivery for managing obesity in children with disabilities, and identify intervention approaches to best meet the needs of this population.