Journal article

Economic evaluation of a primary care trial to reduce weight gain in overweight/obese children: The LEAP trial

Melissa Wake, Lisa Gold, Zoe McCallum, Bibi Gerner, Elizabeth Waters

Ambulatory Pediatrics | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A common policy response to the childhood obesity epidemic is to recommend that primary care physicians screen for and offer counseling to the overweight/obese. As the literature suggests, this approach may be ineffective; it is important to document the opportunity costs incurred by brief primary care obesity interventions that ultimately may not alter body mass index (BMI) trajectory. METHODS: Live, Eat and Play (LEAP) was a randomized controlled trial of a brief secondary prevention intervention delivered by family physicians in 2002-2003 that targeted overweight/mildly obese children aged 5 to 9 years. Primary care utilization was prospectively audited via medical records, an..

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Grants

Awarded by Public Health Postgraduate National Health and Medical Research Council Scholarship


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Award


Awarded by Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council for Priority Driven Research


Funding Acknowledgements

Funding was provided by the Public Health Postgraduate National Health and Medical Research Council Scholarship (216745) to Z.M. and by National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Award (284556) to M.W. The LEAP Trial was funded by a grant from the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council for Priority Driven Research (AHMAC PDR 2001/15: Melissa Wake, Elizabeth Waters, Zoe McCallum). We thank the participating general practitioners and families. We would also like to thank the remaining LEAP research team, whose contributions made this study possible: Louise Baur, Kay Gibbons, Geraldine Naughton, Colin Riess, Jane Gunn, Lena Sanci, Claire Harris, Sharon Foster, Denise Findlay, and Jane Sheehan.