A lifestyle screening tool for young children in the community: needs and wishes of parents and youth healthcare professionals

Anne Krijger, Lieke Schiphof-Godart, Caren Lanting, Liset Elstgeest, Hein Raat, Koen Joosten*

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Abstract

Background: 

Youth healthcare has an important role in promoting a healthy lifestyle in young children in order to prevent lifestyle-related health problems. To aid youth healthcare in this task, a new lifestyle screening tool will be developed. The aim of this study was to explore how youth healthcare professionals (YHCP) could best support parents in improving their children’s lifestyle using a new lifestyle screening tool for young children. 

Methods: 

We conducted four and seven focus groups among parents (N = 25) and YHCP (N = 25), respectively. Two main topics were addressed: the experiences with current practice of youth healthcare regarding lifestyle in young children, and the requirements for the lifestyle screening tool to be developed. The focus groups were recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using an inductive approach. 

Results: 

Both parents and YHCP indicated that young children’s lifestyles are often discussed during youth healthcare appointments. While parents felt that this discussion could be more in-depth, YHCP mainly needed clues to continue the discussion. According to parents and YHCP, a new lifestyle screening tool for young children should be easy to use, take little time and provide courses of action. Moreover, it should be attractive to complete and align with the family concerned. 

Conclusions: 

According to parents and YHCP, a new lifestyle screening tool for young children could be useful to discuss specific lifestyle topics in more detail and to provide targeted advice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number584
JournalBmc Health Services Research
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2024

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