How Should We Approach and Discuss Children’s Weight With Parents? A Qualitative Analysis of Recommendations From Parents of Preschool-Aged Children to Physicians

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Abstract

The primary objective of this study was to describe parents’ preference for how physicians should approach diet and weight-related advice for their child. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with parents (n = 40) of preschoolers, transcribed verbatim, and double-coded using an inductive thematic analysis approach. Parents identified recommendations for how physicians should approach conversations about weight. Themes included (1) Tone and Approach are Important, (2) Avoid Judgment, (3) Have Regard for Parental Expertise, (4) Consider the Timing of the Discussion with Parents, and (5) Equip Parents with Concrete and Individualized Recommendations. Future research should focus on developing brief, effective communication tools to guide discussions with parents about child nutrition and weight. Opportunities to learn about and practice the use of these brief interventions should be incorporated into medical education with the goal of providing clinicians the learning opportunities, skills/tools, and resources needed to adequately and respectfully discuss weight and diet with parents and children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-237
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We note that the completion of this research would not have been possible without the hard work of student volunteers: Anne Hutchinson, Abbie Lee, and Junia Nogueira de Brito. The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Principal Investigator: Katie Loth; Grant No. K23-HD090324-01A1). Content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of National Institute of Child Health and Human Development or the National Institutes of Health.

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Principal Investigator: Katie Loth; Grant No. K23-HD090324-01A1). Content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of National Institute of Child Health and Human Development or the National Institutes of Health.

Keywords

  • communication
  • discussing overweight/obesity
  • parental perceptions
  • patient-provider communication
  • primary care
  • qualitative

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