We offer a number of weight management services for families at the PCWH since we know that a one-size-fits-all won’t meet the varied preferences and needs of our families. Continue reading
The main purpose of starting our blog a couple years ago was to connect our group of clinic-focused team members with our research-focused team members. We work in different buildings across different sites, and our day-to-day schedules are variable, so regular communication can be limited between clinicians and researchers. Continue reading
Effective communication is a key part of our day-to-day work, both in health care delivery and clinical research. This past week, one of our trainees highlighted his strength and passion in this area by winning an award at a UAlberta event.
When first launched, this blog was intended to keep our team (clinicians, trainees, administrators) up-to-date on clinical and research issues regarding the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Over the past year, it’s scope has broadened to include complementary topics; however, reflecting on recent (and anticipating some upcoming) changes, I thought the following points were worth sharing: Continue reading
As posted previously, we’re conducting a study to explore the potential role for home visits in pediatric weight management. We’re still awaiting ethics approval, but Dr. Mary Jetha (Study PI) and I are getting organized so we can hit the ground running soon. Continue reading
We have news on a few fronts related to using home visits for managing pediatric obesity at the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health (Stollery Children’s Hospital), including:
One of the priorities our team identified at our retreat in August included offering home visits as a therapeutic option for our families.
We’re lucky to be able to learn from our colleagues’ ongoing pilot program in Toronto. Through a partnership between Toronto Public Health and The Hospital for Sick Children, a community-based program for parents and young children with severe obesity is being offered that combines home visits with a group-based program for parents. Dr. Catherine Birken leads this project with her team, and their initial experience (and data!) is very encouraging. This model may also help to address some of the logistical challenges many families encounter with accessing clinical health services (e.g., time, travel, parking).
In Edmonton, discussions are underway to learn from our colleagues who already offer home visits. Specifically, I’m meeting next week with professionals leading the Home Nutrition Support Program at the Stollery Children’s Hospital to learn about their services (what they do and how they do it). Should be great food for thought. More to follow in the weeks/months ahead as this work continues.