HALO Senior Scientist Dr. Mark Tremblay and HALO Clinical Associate Dr. Annick Buchholz co-authored a paper entitled “Variability in how Canadian pediatric weight management clinics deliver care: Evidence from the CANadian Pediatric Weight management Registry (CANPWR)” recently published in Childhood Obesity. Citation details and the summary of the paper are below. Congratulations!

Zahn, K., Ibrahim, Q., Ball, G., Buchholz, A., Hamilton, J., Ho, J., Laberge, A. M., Legault, L., Tremblay, M. S., Zenlea, I., Thabane, L., Chanoine, J. P., & Morrison, K. M. (2021). Variability in How Canadian Pediatric Weight Management Clinics Deliver Care: Evidence from the CANadian Pediatric Weight Management Registry. Childhood obesity (Print), 17(6), 420–426. https://doi.org/10.1089/chi.2021.0011


Background: Clinical practice guidelines for pediatric weight management highlight the importance of family-based behavioral strategies to enhance health behaviors. Little is known, however, of how clinics implement these programs. The study objectives were to (1) describe how Canadian pediatric weight management clinics deliver care and (2) evaluate change in services over time.

Methods: The CANadian Pediatric Weight management Registry (CANPWR) is a multisite prospective cohort study of participants enrolled in a Canadian pediatric weight management clinic. Clinical program characteristics (e.g., referral process, inclusion criteria, funding, program characteristics, patient interaction methods, and follow-up) were collected at the start and end of the CANPWR recruitment period (2015–2019).

Results: Entrance into the nine clinics varied with limiting criteria based on geographic proximity, age, weight status, and presence of health conditions. The clinics varied in size (50–220 new patients/year). The planned length of intervention varied widely, from 10 weeks to open-ended (median 2 years). Behavior modification strategies were delivered with a mix of individual and group-based sessions and most were delivered in person, complemented by use of virtual care. Over time, more clinics saw patients under the age of 5 years and all clinics defined a program length.

Conclusion: Although all clinics offered family-based behavioral weight management services, these varied considerably, especially in program entrance criteria, size of clinic, and the length of intervention. The influence of the variability in delivery of services on health outcomes will be addressed in future studies.

The full publication can be accessed here.