Dr. Val Carson (former Post-Doc and current Affiliate Investigator with HALO) and Dr. Mark Tremblay are co-authors on a paper “Paediatricians’ awareness, agreement, and use of the new Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for ages 0-17 years,” that was recently published in Paediatrics & Child Health. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below.
V Carson, CMA LeBlanc, E Moreau, MS Tremblay. Paediatricians’ awareness, agreement, and use of the new Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for ages 0-17 years. Paediatrics Child Health, December 2013, Volume 18 Issue 10: 538-542.
ABSTRACT: Objective. To examine the awareness of, agreement with and use of the new Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for children and youth zero to 17 years of age in a sample of Canadian paediatricians. Methods. The findings are based on responses from 331 paediatricians across Canada who completed an online survey in February 2013. Frequencies were calculated for each question. Results. Few paediatricians reported being very familiar with the physical activity (6% for the early years, and 9% for children and youth) or sedentary behaviour guidelines (5% for the early years, children and youth). When made aware of the guidelines, a large percentage strongly agreed or agreed with the physical activity (99% for the early years, and 96% for children and youth) and sedentary behaviour recommendations (96% for the early years, and 94% for children and youth). Of paediatricians who performed well-child visits, 16% and 27% reported almost always making physical activity and sedentary behaviour recommendations, respectively, to parents or caregivers of children in the early years, compared with 37% for both behaviours among children and youth. Thirty-nine per cent (for the early years) and 46% (for children and youth) of paediatricians reported it would be highly feasible to briefly explain the guidelines at a well-child visit. The most common barriers reported for recommending the guidelines were insufficient motivation or support from parents, caregivers or youth, and lack of time. Conclusion. To increase the use of these new evidence-informed guidelines, strategies are needed to increase paediatricians’ awareness and reduce perceived barriers.