Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Severe Obesity & Global Developmental Delay

Severe Obesity (SO) and Global Developmental Delay (GDD) in Preschool Children

Project Lead: Geoff BallCatherine Birken

Timeline: January 2018 – December 2020

Objectives: To 1) determine the minimum incidence of co-morbid SO and GDD in preschool children in Canada, 3) determine the current use of health care services, including investigations and referrals to obesity and developmental treatment programs, in preschool children, 3) improve child health care providers’ awareness of SO and GDD among Canadian preschoolers, and 4) determine the age of onset and risk factors associated with SO and GDD.

Research Plan: Through the established methodology of the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP), over 2,500 paediatricians and paediatric subspecialists will be sent a monthly letter to indicate if they have seen a new case of SO and GDD. Some children with obesity and global delay will receive care from specialized obesity, development, or genetics clinics. The large multi-speciality and multi-disciplinary co-investigator team including representation from general paediatricians, dieticians, developmental paediatricians, endocrinologists, obesity specialists, and geneticists, will work to ensure case capture and avoid duplicate reporting.

Outcomes: To date, no studies in Canada have examined the incidence of SO and GDD in the paediatric years. As paediatricians are among the only group of physicians who see these problems in their day-to-day practices, this study will  help gain a better understanding of the incidence and risk factors of SO and GDD to direct appropriate investigations and management strategies.

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