An evaluation of ‘Families for Health’ : a new family-based intervention for the management of childhood obesity
Robertson, Wendy (2009) An evaluation of ‘Families for Health’ : a new family-based intervention for the management of childhood obesity. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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Objectives - To develop and pilot a community-based family programme,
‘Families for Health’, for intervention with overweight and obese children aged
Intervention – ‘Families for Health’ is a 12-week programme, with parallel
groups for parents and children, combining support for parenting, lifestyle
change, as well as social & emotional development.
Design of the Evaluation – Pilot study using mixed-methods comprising:
process evaluation; outcome evaluation involving a ‘before and after’ evaluation
and triangulation with interview data; economic evaluation (cost-outcome
description); users and providers perspectives.
Setting – Leisure Centre, Coventry, England
Participants – 27 overweight or obese children aged 7-13 years (18 girls, 9
boys) and their parents, from 21 families.
Process Evaluation – Two groups were run, and were delivered as planned.
Recruitment was difficult, although most effective via the media. Attendance
rate was 62%, with 18(67%) children completing the programme.
Outcome Evaluation – Primary outcome was change in the BMI z-score from
baseline. For 22 children with follow-up data, BMI z-score was significantly
reduced by -0.18 (95% CI -0.30 to -0.05, p=0.008) at the end of the programme,
and was sustained to 9-months (-0.21) and 2-years (-0.23). There were also
significant improvements in the children’s quality-of-life, eating and activity
environment, child-parent relationships and parent’s mental health. Fruit and
vegetable consumption, participation in moderate/vigorous exercise, and
children’s self-esteem did not change significantly. Interview data illustrated the
changes made by the families, particularly to their eating environment.
User and Provider Perspectives – The group-based parenting approach was
received well, providing the ‘tools’ for parents to become ‘agents of change’ in
the family. Suggested changes to the programme include providing follow-up
sessions and a greater focus on physical activity.
Economic Evaluation - Costs to run ‘Families for Health’ were £517 per family
or £402 per child, in-line with other group-based obesity management or
Conclusion - ‘Families for Health’ is a promising new intervention for the
management of childhood obesity.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Obesity in children -- Treatment, Overweight children -- Great Britain, Self-help groups -- Great Britain|
|Official Date:||December 2009|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Warwick Medical School|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Stewart-Brown, Sarah L. ; Barlow, Jane, 1962- ; Thorogood, Margaret|
|Sponsors:||Great Britain. Dept. of Health ; Coventry Teaching PCT|
|Extent:||xxi, 461 leaves : ill., charts|
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