Feasibility and acceptability of a 1-page tool to help physicians assess and discuss obesity with parents of preschoolers

Susan J. Woolford, Sarah J. Clark, Sana Ahmed, Matthew M. Davis

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Abstract

Objective. To assess the feasibility and acceptability of a brief tool to help pediatricians communicate with parents of preschoolers about obesity risk, prevention, and treatment. Methods. The 2-sided Assessment and Targeted Messages (ATM) tool developed by the investigators included sections to assess nutrition and physical activity, self-efficacy and readiness-to-change, obesity-related family history, and treatment/prevention recommendations. Twenty-five pediatricians were recruited to use the ATM and then surveyed regarding their opinions of its feasibility and acceptability. Results. Response rate was 60%. Most ATM features were considered somewhat or very useful by the majority of respondents. The majority of physicians (62%) indicated that they were somewhat likely to use the ATM in the future, with only 23% indicating that they were very likely to use it. The greatest barrier to its use was time. Conclusion. Pediatricians considered the ATM tool moderately feasible and acceptable. Time-efficient methods to help physicians address obesity should be explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)954-959
Number of pages6
JournalClinical pediatrics
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009

Keywords

  • Obesity
  • Preschoolers
  • Primary care
  • Well-child visits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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