December 1, 2014 by Nicholas Spence
Welcome to the highly anticipated inaugural post for the Readiness and Motivation Interview for Families Managing Pediatric Obesity Project! It is quite a mouthful isn’t it? Instead, it will be referred to as the RMI-Family. This is a very exciting time! Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, this large multidisciplinary team will be embarking on a four year study of youth with obesity and their parents at the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health (PCWH) in Edmonton (Stollery Children’s Hospital) and Calgary (Alberta Children’s Hospital). The objectives are two-fold: develop and test a clinical tool, called the RMI-Family, assessing the readiness and motivation levels of families initiating treatment for pediatric obesity to change lifestyle habits; and assessing the predictive value of RMI-Family with respect to clinical outcomes, including nutrition and physical activity habits, weight management, health services utilization, and program attrition.
Led by Geoff Ball (University of Alberta) and Josie Geller (University of British Columbia), this multidisciplinary team brings a diverse skill set and vast clinical and research experiences to the project, including Nick Holt (University of Alberta), Rebecca Gokiert (University of Alberta), Suja Srikameswaran (University of British Columbia), Louise Masse (University of British Columbia), Josephine Ho (University of Calgary), Paola Luca (University of Calgary), Nicholas Spence (University of Alberta) , Susan Jelinski (Alberta Health Services), Jennifer Kuk (York University), and Katherine Morrison (McMaster University).
This blog will bring key updates, reflections, and related research to you. Stay tuned!