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Health professionals' views and experiences of discussing weight with children and their families: A systematic review of qualitative research

Abdin, Shanara; Heath, Gemma; Welch, Richard K.

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Shanara Abdin

Gemma Heath

Richard K. Welch



Abstract

Background: Healthcare professionals are ideally placed to discuss weight management with children and families to treat and prevent childhood obesity. The aim of this review was to collect and synthesize primary research evidence relating to health professional's views and experiences of discussing weight with children and their families. Methods: Systematic searches were conducted using the following databases: MEDLINE (OVID), Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), EMBASE (OVID), PsycINFO (OVID) and Healthcare Management Information Consortium (HMIC). Twenty-six full text qualitative studies published in English Language journals since inception to October 2019 were included. Papers were quality assessed and synthesized using an inductive thematic analysis approach. Results: Data analysis generated five themes: sensitivity of the issue, family–professional relationships, whole systems approach, professional competency and sociocultural context. Conclusion: Supporting behaviour change through discussion of healthy weight with children and families is an important part of the health professional's role. Tailored information for professionals, including resources and training, facilitates them to confidently talk to children and families about weight prioritized within interventions. The success of such interventions requires commitment from a range of professionals to ensure healthy weight is tackled through a whole system approach.

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Abdin, S., Heath, G., & Welch, R. K. (in press). Health professionals' views and experiences of discussing weight with children and their families: A systematic review of qualitative research. Child: Care, Health and Development, https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12854

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Feb 3, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 10, 2021
Deposit Date Feb 24, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 26, 2021
Journal Child: Care, Health and Development
Print ISSN 0305-1862
Electronic ISSN 1365-2214
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12854
Keywords Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health; Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; Developmental and Educational Psychology; Children; Family health; Health professional; Obesity; Weight
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7124180
Additional Information Received: 2020-09-09; Accepted: 2021-02-03; Published: 2021-02-16

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