March 6, 2015 by Nicholas Spence
From March 12-13, 2015, the RMI-Family Project team will have its first, in-person, full team meeting in Edmonton, Alberta. Colleagues from across the country, including scientists and clinicians representing two children’s hospitals and six universities, will be in attendance.
The purpose of the gathering is to discuss the 4-year, interdisciplinary, multi-centre, large-scale clinical project, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In the planning stages for months, this meeting is expected to be highly productive and, of course, fun. Activities will include a training session on motivational interviewing as well as some lively and valuable discussions on the gamut of project related issues, given the theoretical, methodological, and clinical expertise of the group. This will facilitate long-term study goals: developing and testing a clinical interview (RMI-Family) that is designed to assess family-level motivation of children and parents upon presentation for the management of pediatric obesity; and tailoring health services to best meet families’ readiness, willingness, and ability to make healthy lifestyle changes.
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