OBJECTIVE: To describe the implementation and feasibility of the national healthcare guidelines on childhood obesity in a region with a high prevalence of overweight and obesity in children.
DESIGN: Descriptive, implementation study.
METHOD: The implementation of the guidelines took place in the borough Amsterdam West. In total, 17 general practitioners (GP) from the Academic General Practice Network (ANH) of the VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, participated in the study, along with 19 child healthcare practitioners and 3 paediatricians. A number of measures were taken to promote implementation. Feasibility was evaluated using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
RESULTS: The participating healthcare providers found the training in application of the guidelines and case study discussions useful. GPs found that their role as central caregiver was not feasible. All participants expressed a preference for child healthcare practitioners as the central caregiver. A total of 327 obese children were invited to attend the GP's surgery; only 65 of them participated in the study and only 28 children were monitored for a whole year. Collaboration agreements between involved healthcare providers were rarely fulfilled.
CONCLUSION: Implementation of the national healthcare guidelines on childhood obesity in the current form appears not to be feasible in Amsterdam West, despite the many implementation-enhancing measures that were applied. It is questionable whether the national healthcare guidelines on childhood obesity in its current form can contribute to addressing the societal problem of overweight and obesity in children.
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
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