A New Twist on an Old Idea

On March 25th, I’ll be helping to moderate a journal club discussion on the most recent Cochrane systematic review of interventions to prevent obesity in children. The twist? It’s all done on Twitter via the Cochrane Child Health Journal Club, which is part of a pilot study to test the use of social media to enable knowledge translation and exchange. For reference, the most recent Twitter Journal Club on asthma is archived here.

What: Twitter journal club on interventions for preventing obesity in children

When: Wednesday, March 25th, 2:00pm Vancouver | 3:00pm Edmonton & Calgary | 5:00pm Toronto | 9:00pm United Kingdom | 8:00am Thursday March 26, Melbourne, Australia

Where: Follow #CochraneChild on Twitter and join in the discussion by including #CochraneChild in all your posts. See these tips for participating in a Twitter chat.

Link to paper: Interventions for preventing obesity in children 

Thanks for helping to spread the word!


Learning from Outliers

In a recent study (see pdf below), researchers mined anthropometric and demographic data from electronic health records (>22,000) collected during well-child visits to calculate the number of children with obesity (n~4,000; BMI >95th percentile) that reduced their weight status over time.

A sub-set of those children who had a reduced BMI trajectory were interviewed (with their parents) to explore their experiences, decisions, and motivations to make healthy changes. Drivers of change, common strategies across families, and how findings from these ‘outliers’ can be applied to obesity prevention and management interventions and services are highlighted.


Sharifi et al., 2014

Ongoing studies at the PCWH

Last week, someone asked me: “What studies do you guys have ongoing at the PCWH?” Great question!

Although we have a number of papers at different stages of preparation and in review at several different journals, most of our team’s time and energy are devoted to the following three projects:

Should I stay or should I go? A 4-site (Vancouver, Edmonton, Hamilton, Montreal) qualitative study to explore families’ reasons for initiating, continuing, and terminating health services for managing pediatric obesity. Data collection has ended, and we have a number of papers in development. We published a paper on this study protocol, which is available here: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/12/486

Working with parents to prevent pediatric obesity in primary care. The inspiration for CORI came from the blog for this study (Thanks, Jill!). To learn more about how we’re working with the Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network and the Allin Clinic to prevent pediatric obesity, check out the blog at:  http://rippleprogram.blogspot.ca/

CANadian Pediatric Weight management Registry (CANPWR). We’re one of eight clinics from across the country participating in this study to understand more about the children and youth with obesity (and their families) who access multidisciplinary health services for managing pediatric obesity. Over the next few years, we’re be working with our colleagues in Vancouver, Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal to recruit ~1,600 boys and girls into this study. A lofty goal, but this project represents a great chance to learn about our families and how we can do the best job possible to help them improve their health and well-being.