Development and feasibility testing of an interactive, educational programme to facilitate Proactive Assessment of Obesity Risk during Infancy (ProAsk)

PROJECT TITLE DEVELOPMENT AND FEASIBILITY TESTING OF AN INTERACTIVE, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME TO FACILITATE PROACTIVE ASSESSMENT OF OBESITY RISK DURING INFANCY (PROASK)
Funding body Medical Research Council Public Health Intervention Development Scheme MR/M009327/1
Total funding £151,576
Team
  • Professor Sarah Redsell, Professor of Public Health, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Professor Cris Glazebrook, Professor of Health Psychology, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Heather Wharrad, Professor of e-learning and Health Informatics, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Judy Swift, Lecturer in Human Nutrition, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Stephen Weng, Research Fellow, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Dilip Nathan, Consultant Paediatrician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Professor A N Siriwardena, Professor of Primary and Prehospital Health Care, Community and Health Research Unit, University of Lincoln
  • Dr Ken Ong, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Raj Lakshman, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Fiona McMaster, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University
Team/consortium
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Lincoln
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Overarching aim The aim of this study is to develop and test the feasibility of a complex intervention comprising an interactive, educational programme (ProAsk) for health practitioners to guide and enhance communication with parents of infants about obesity risk identification and prevention strategies.
Objectives Primary objective

  • To develop a complex intervention comprising an interactive, educational programme (ProAsk) for health practitioners to guide and enhance communication with parents of infants about obesity risk identification and prevention strategies. Secondary objectives

Secondary objectives

  • To assess parents’ and health practitioners’ views about obesity risk communication and use a causal model to determine the fit between the intervention strategies and outcome measures, ascertain recruitment and retention rates, determine the availability of data and data collection methods to inform the design of a future definitive trial.
Methods Complex intervention development and feasibility trial.
Outcomes Development of a randomised controlled trial.

Outputs

 

Peer reviewed publications:

Conference presentations:

Invited and plenary presentations

  • Redsell SA on behalf of the ProAsk team. Proactive Assessment of Obesity Risk during Infancy; the role of health professionals and health technology, British Nutrition Foundation Conference, New perspectives on first foods, complementary feeding and obesity, London 28th April 2015. https://www.nutrition.org.uk/bnfevents/pastevents/firstfoodsobesity.html
  • Redsell SA on behalf of the ProAsk team. Proactive Assessment of Obesity Risk during Infancy (ProAsk). Presented at Food Matters Live, 23rd November 2016, London, Excel.
  • Redsell SA on behalf of the ProAsk team. Proactive Assessment of Obesity Risk during Infancy (ProAsk): A feasibility study with parents and UK Health Visitors. Presented at the Journal of Family Health Conference, 28th March 2017, London, Ilec Conference Centre.
  • Redsell SA on behalf of the ProAsk team. Proactive Assessment of Obesity Risk during Infancy (ProAsk): Association for the Study of Obesity Infant Conference, 4th-5th May 2017, Dublin, Ireland.
Impact The study has shown that it was feasible to deliver an intervention which included strategies to assess childhood weight gain at four months, improve parental feeding behaviour, infant diet and physical activity.

 

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