New Publication – RIPPLE

Over the past few years, we published several papers related to developing and refining an eHealth intervention for parents to prevent obesity in children. Our Resource Information Program for Parents on Lifestyle and Education (RIPPLE) Study was led day-to-day by Jill Byrne (Avis; PhD Graduand, Dept of Pediatrics, UAlberta). Continue reading

New Paper Accepted – The RIPPLE Study

Some of you know that we have an ongoing, eHealth obesity prevention study (led day-to-day by Jill Avis, PhD Candidate, UAlberta) that is run in partnership with colleagues at the Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network and Evolution Health.

Our protocol paper, which describes the overall study, was recently accepted by the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The abstract and pdf of our manuscript will be posted here soon.

For more info about this study, check out Jill’s RIPPLE Blog.


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:

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:

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.