Predictors of treatment initiation for children with severe obesity referred for tertiary-level management of obesity
Project Lead: Geoff Ball
Timeline: January 2016 – December 2016
Objectives: To examine demographic, anthropometric, clinical and geographic variables associated with initiation of multidisciplinary management for severe obesity in children in Alberta.
Research Plan: Since 2005, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has dedicated administrative and informatics infrastructure to receive and process referrals for pediatric obesity management, including a standard referral form and data management resources to convert referral data to electronic format. As such, the research team will work with AHS to access demographic, geographic, anthropometric and clinical data, as well as history of obesity management and potential barriers to treatment, from children’s referral documents and perform descriptive statistics and multivariate logistic regression analyses.
Outcomes: This project will determine whether treatment initiation is impacted by severe obesity and whether demographic, geographic, medical and/or familial factors influence family initiation of treatment, in- forming clinical or administrative strategies to help children and families overcome barriers to care.