Parent reasons for nonreturn to a pediatric weight management program

Sarah E. Barlow, Chris L. Ohlemeyer

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To identify parent reasons for lack of return to a weight management program, a questionnaire was sent to 85 families who attended two or fewer visits; 43 families completed the questionnaire. A total of 37% reported that the program was not what they were looking for. Specifically, they were dissatisfied with the staff or treatment focus. Other reasons for nonreturn were distance to program (23%), scheduling conflicts (21%), and lack of insurance for weight management (21%). High body mass index z score was associated with return, but age, gender, race, and medical condition were not. Matching program structure, location, and time to parent preference might improve retention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-360
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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