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Koivumäki, Terhi; Kääriäinen, Maria; Tuomikoski, Anna-Maria; Kaunonen, Marja. Parent and carer experiences of health care professionals’ communication about childhood obesity: a qualitative systematic review protocol. JBI Evidence Synthesis 21(2):p 401-406, February 2023. | DOI: 10.11124/JBIES-22-00017

Parent and carer experiences of health care professionals’ communication about childhood obesity : a qualitative systematic review protocol

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Author: Koivumäki, Terhi1; Kääriäinen, Maria2,3,4; Tuomikoski, Anna-Maria2,3,4;
Organizations: 1Health Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
2Finnish Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care: A JBI Centre of Excellence, Helsinki, Finland
3Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Oulu University Hospital, Finland
5General Administration, Pirkanmaa Hospital District, Tampere, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Wolters Kluwer, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-08-10


Objective: The objective of the systematic review is to identify, critically appraise, and synthesize the best available qualitative evidence on parent and carer experiences of health care professionals’ communication about childhood obesity.

Introduction: Parents and carers play a key role in a child’s environment and healthy development, which is why they can find it confronting to discuss their child’s weight. This review will provide an insight into the experiences of parents and carers with health care professionals’ communication about their child's overweight or obesity.

Inclusion criteria: This qualitative review will consider participants who are parents and carers with a child with overweight or obesity (birth to 12 years). The phenomenon of interest is parents’ and carers’ lived experiences of childhood obesity communication from a health care professional, and the context is health care settings. Communication includes verbal or written communication about a child's obesity from health care professionals received by a parent or carer.

Methods: The proposed review will systematically search the following databases: MEDLINE (EBSCO), CINAHL (EBSCO), PsycINFO (Ovid), Scopus, LILACS, and the Finnish health sciences database MEDIC. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (ProQuest) will be searched for unpublished articles. A manual search will supplement the database searches. The quality of included studies will be assessed independently by 2 reviewers, and the qualitative data will be extracted from papers by 2 independent reviewers using the standardized JBI data extraction tool. The recommended JBI approach to critical appraisal, study selection, data extraction, and data synthesis meta-aggregation will be used.

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Series: JBI evidence synthesis
ISSN: 2689-8381
ISSN-E: 2689-8381
ISSN-L: 2689-8381
Volume: 21
Issue: 2
Pages: 401 - 406
DOI: 10.11124/JBIES-22-00017
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Copyright information: © 2022 The Authors. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. on behalf of JBI. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.