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

Publications:

Redsell S, Rose J Weng S, Swift JA, Siriwardena AN, Nathan D, Wharrad H, Atkinson P, Watson V, McMaster F, Lakshman R, Ong K, Glazebrook C (2017). Digital technology to facilitate proactive assessment of obesity risk during infancy (ProAsk): a feasibility study. BMJ Open 2017;7:e017694

Conference presentations:

Rose J, Glazebrook C, Ablewhite J, Swift J, Siriwardena AN, Nathan D, Weng S, Wharrad H, Atkinson P, Watson V, McMaster F. Ong K, Lakshman R, Redsell SA. Proactive Assessment of Obesity Risk during Infancy (ProAsk): Can UK Health Visitors deliver a targeted intervention prevention programme? Poster presentation at the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) conference, Nottingham, UK, 19th-20th September 2016.

Redsell SA, Rose J, Ablewhite J, Swift J, Siriwardena AN, Nathan D, Weng S, Wharrad H, Atkinson P, Watson V, McMaster F, Ong K, Lakshman R, Glazebrook C. Proactive Assessment of Obesity Risk during Infancy (ProAsk): Enabling health visitors to communicate future risk of childhood overweight to parents through digital technology. Oral presentation at the 4th International Global Network of Public Health Nursing Conference, Bilund, Denmark, 19th-20th September 2016.

Impact The study will help deliver an intervention which includes strategies to improve parental feeding behaviour, infant diet and physical activity.

 

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