Expansion, evaluation and sustainability of a new paediatric multidisciplinary weight management service

Dr Jacqueline Walker1, Dr Robyn Littlewood2,3,4, Ayala Rogany2, Professor Sandra Capra1

1School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University Of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2Dietetics and Food Services, Clinical Support Directorate, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, South Brisbane, Australia, 3Queensland Statewide Child and Youth Clinical Network, Office of Strategy Management, Queensland Health , Brisbane, Australia, 4Centre for Children’s Health Research, South Brisbane, Australia

Aim: To expand and evaluate a recently established paediatric multidisciplinary weight management service and investigate, develop and support proposals for ongoing sustainability. This service and associated clinics focus on the management of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents, and is being disseminated under real-world conditions by specialist clinicians from the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH), Brisbane.

Methods: Outcome measures for participants will be collected prior to commencing the four month intensive weight management clinic, upon completion, and again at 8, 12 and 24 months post clinic commencement. Details regarding anthropometric measures, body composition, dietary intake, physical activity and quality of life will be collected. Evaluations of the clinic as a whole will also occur, comparing the current two locations (LCCH and Ipswich). Finally, an evidence-based, consumer-informed model of care will be developed, that is realistic, cost-effective and achievable to implement.

Results: 25 participants have been recruited and attended their baseline appointments. It is anticipated that a total of 100 participants will have been recruited to the study and attended their baseline appointment by June 2017, with all data collection completed by June 2019.

 

Significance of the findings to allied health: This research will determine important and meaningful outcomes or measures of success in paediatric weight management. It will also provide a consumer-informed, evidence-based model of care for the management of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents, which can be embedded in future service delivery models, ensuring the continuity and quality of family-centred care within the public health system