Three years ago, I embarked on the development of this study for my thesis. After scanning the literature, it was clear that primary care providers use a variety of tools for preventing obesity in children, yet little is known about their use and suitability in practice.
To evaluate such tools, our team pilot-tested a mixed methods study; one-on-one interviews were conducted with providers in Alberta (n=19), and two of us independently assessed the tools that providers reported using for childhood obesity prevention across three assessment checklists (e.g., SAM). Our findings demonstrated that criteria on the checklists (e.g., aesthetics, formatting, readability) overlapped with providers’ perceptions of tool suitability, but were not reflective of their experiences with using tools (e.g., logistical factors).
The paper was recently published in Patient Education & Counselling, and can be found here.