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Systematic review to identify and appraise outcome measures used to evaluate childhood obesity treatment interventions: evidence of purpose, application, validity, reliability and sensitivity

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Document language: English
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Authors: Dr Maria Bryant, Senior Research Fellow, Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Leeds
Published on Date: 2011
Funding source project: National Institute for Health Research; Health Technology Assessment Programme

Background: There is a lack of consensus in determining appropriate outcome measures for the reliable and valid assessment of childhood obesity intervention. Comparisons between interventions are difficult, partly because of a shortage of validated outcome measures available, but also because the selected outcome measures differ between studies.

Aim: The primary aim is to perform a systematic review to identify and appraise existing outcome measures for use in the evaluation of childhood obesity treatment interventions

Methods: Two searches will be conducted: (1) Randomised controlled trials (RCTs), pilot and feasibility studies of childhood obesity treatment evaluation studies; and (2) outcome measures developed for use in childhood obesity interventions. Major electronic databases (e.g MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Science Citation Index, Global Health, etc.) from the date of inception will be used. Both searches will include search concepts for childhood and obesity and will consist of a focused textword search plus subject headings (MeSH headings: exp obesity/ and (adolescent / or exp child / or exp infant). Citation searches will be performed within identified studies and additional papers will be sought from a focused grey literature search and key research groups. Outcome measures will be appraised using international appraisal guidelines and by consensus by expert review (18 subject/methodology experts) to identify evidence of rigour in development and/or evaluation.

Expected output of research: An Obesity Outcomes Framework with details of outcome measures used in evaluations of childhood obesity interventions. Key measures with evidence of fully rigorous development and evaluation will be highlighted. Review procedures and results will be published as peer reviewed publications and the framework will be made available within the National Obesity Observatory Standard Evaluation Framework.

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Health issues, determinants and measures: Food and nutrition , Nutrition , Food and nourishment , Diet , Obesity ,
Languages and Geographical Perspective: English ,
Study type / scale / state of progress / setting: Systematic reviews , Recently started , Ongoing ,