Type

Journal Article

Authors

Sheena M. McHugh
Ivan J. Perry
Frances Shiely
Janas M. Harrington
Martin P Davoren
Emily Kelleher

Subjects

Medicine & Nursing

Topics
this review health and wellbeing children and families treatment qualitative study obesity childhood systematic review community based attendance policy makers obese children

Barriers and facilitators to initial and continued attendance at community-based lifestyle programmes among families of overweight and obese children: a systematic review (2016)

Abstract The success of childhood weight management programmes relies on family engagement. While attendance offers many benefits including the support to make positive lifestyle changes, the majority of families referred to treatment decline. Moreover, for those who do attend, benefits are often compromised by high programme attrition. This systematic review investigated factors influencing attendance at community-based lifestyle programmes among families of over-weight or obese children. A narrative synthesis approach was used to allow for the inclusion of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method study designs. Thirteen studies met the inclusion criteria. Results suggest that parents provided the impetus for programme initiation, and this was driven largely by a concern for their child's psychological health and wellbeing. More often than not, children went along without any real reason or interest in attending. Over the course of the programme, however, children's positive social experiences such as having fun and making friends fostered the desire to continue. The stigma surrounding excess weight and the denial of the issue amongst some parents presented barriers to enrolment and warrant further study. This study provides practical recommendations to guide future policy makers, programme delivery teams and researchers in developing strategies to boost recruitment and minimise attrition.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Sheena M. McHugh, Ivan J. Perry, Frances Shiely, Janas M. Harrington, Martin P Davoren, Emily Kelleher

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