Children’s Weight Status: Can RIPPLE Open Dialogue between Parents and Pediatricians?

nadiaToday’s blog post is written by Nadia Browne, a PhD student in Pediatrics who is analyzing secondary data from the RIPPLE study.

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In the RIPPLE study, upon completion of the screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) tool, parents (n=226) of children classified as overweight or obese reported stronger intentions to discuss their children’s weight status with their pediatrician, and actually followed through and had discussions. Approximately 30% of parents agreed or strongly agreed that they intended to discuss their children’s weight at their upcoming pediatrician appointment.

After 1 month post-SBIRT, 52% of parents (n=136) reported discussing their children’s weight with the pediatrician. The results 1 month post-SBIRT were consistent with the results upon completion of the SBIRT – parents of children classified as overweight and obese discussed weight compared to those with healthy weight children.

Our finding suggests that RIPPLE, a newly developed eHealth tool, appeared to encourage parents’ communication about preventing childhood obesity with their pediatrician. In the future, RIPPLE may play a pivotal role in healthcare delivery in Canada, and continue to be a catalyst for change in facilitating dialogue between parents and pediatricians.

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