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Systematic review of the use of data from national childhood obesity surveillance programmes in primary care: A conceptual synthesis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emily Henderson, Emeritus Professor Greg RubinORCiD, Emeritus Prof David Hunter



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© 2015 International Association for the Study of Obesity.This study reviewed the use in primary care of national surveillance data for children to determine the data's potential utility to inform policy and practice decisions on how to prevent and treat childhood obesity. We reviewed the 28 countries identified by the World Obesity Federation as having high-quality comparable body mass index data for children. Literature published from any period up to December 2013 was included. Peer review literature was searched using Web of Science (Core Collection, MEDLINE). Grey literature was searched using the Internet by country name, programme name and national health and government websites. We included studies that (i) use national surveillance obesity data in primary care, or (ii) explore practitioner or parent perspectives about the use of such data. The main uses of national surveillance data in primary care were to identify and recruit obese children and their parents to participate in school and general practice-based research and/or interventions, and to inform families of children's measurements. Findings indicate a need for school staff and practitioners to receive additional training and support to sensitively communicate with families. Translation of these findings into policy and practice could help to improve current uses of national child obesity surveillance data in primary care.

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Author(s): Henderson EJ, Ells LJ, Rubin GP, Hunter DJ

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Obesity Reviews

Year: 2015

Volume: 16

Issue: 11

Pages: 962-971

Print publication date: 01/11/2015

Online publication date: 28/08/2015

Acceptance date: 03/08/2015

ISSN (print): 1467-7881

ISSN (electronic): 1467-789X

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd


DOI: 10.1111/obr.12319

PubMed id: 26317845