Journal article

Can Australian general practitioners tackle childhood overweight/obesity? Methods and processes from the LEAP (Live, Eat and Play) randomized controlled trial

Z McCallum, M Wake, B Gerner, C Harris, K Gibbons, J Gunn, E Waters, LA Baur

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2005


BACKGROUND: General practitioners (GPs) could make an important contribution to management of childhood overweight. However, there are no efficacy data to support this, and the feasibility of this approach is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine if GPs and families can be recruited to a randomized controlled trial (RCT), and if GPs can successfully deliver an intervention to families with overweight/obese 5- to 9-year-old children. METHODS: A convenience sample of 34 GPs from 29 family medical practices attended training sessions on management of childhood overweight. Practice staff trained in child anthropometry conducted a cross-sectional body mass index (BMI) survey of 5- to 9-year-old child..

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