Recruitment evaluation of a preschooler obesity-prevention intervention

Skouteris, Helen, Hill, Briony, McCabe, Marita, Swinburn, Boyd, Sacher, Paul and Chadwick, Paul 2014, Recruitment evaluation of a preschooler obesity-prevention intervention, Early child development and care, vol. 184, no. 5, pp. 649-657, doi: 10.1080/03004430.2013.808196.

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Title Recruitment evaluation of a preschooler obesity-prevention intervention
Author(s) Skouteris, Helen
Hill, BrionyORCID iD for Hill, Briony
McCabe, Marita
Swinburn, Boyd
Sacher, Paul
Chadwick, Paul
Journal name Early child development and care
Volume number 184
Issue number 5
Start page 649
End page 657
Total pages 9
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0300-4430
Keyword(s) obesity prevention
preschool children
randomised controlled trial
Summary The aim of this paper was to compare the recruitment strategies of two recent studies that focused on the parental influences on childhood obesity during the preschool years. The first study was a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of the Mind, Exercise, Nutrition … Do It! 2–4 obesity prevention programme and the second was a longitudinal cohort study. For both studies, the desired population were families with preschool children at risk of developing overweight or obesity. Hence, families from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds were sought. Funding for the RCT provided the resources to adopt a targeted approach to recruitment whereas for the longitudinal study, recruitment was random and opportunistic, rather than specific and targeted. The RCT reported higher child body mass index-for-age z scores, more families not from an Australian or New Zealand background, and more families in the lowest income bracket, suggesting that strategically targeted approaches to recruitment are more likely to achieve the desired sample.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03004430.2013.808196
Field of Research 111104 Public Nutrition Intervention
Socio Economic Objective 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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