Why are we doing this work?
Childhood obesity is an important public health issue in Ireland, but many health professionals (HPs) indicate that they are not adequately trained in addressing childhood obesity and that they lack confidence working with this patient group. This issue is being addressed through studies hosted in RCSI in collaboration with Children’s Health Ireland at Temple Street, the Health Service Executive, the Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland and the European Association for the Study of Obesity. Funding is provided by the Irish government through the Sláintecare Integration Fund.
What is the purpose of this survey?
The specific aim of this survey is to develop an understanding regarding the current experience of Irish HPs and to identify whether HPs have any training/education needs to assess, treat and care for children and adolescents with obesity in Ireland.
Who will benefit if you complete this survey?
The results will be used to define the resources and training opportunities that are required to enable HPs to manage childhood obesity in the community. This information will help us to justify and implement a framework that can deliver clinical assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with obesity. This will improve the confidence of HPs, improve access to care, improve the quality of care and impact the pattern of referrals to tertiary paediatric services.
You will personally benefit, as everyone that completes the survey will be offered free access to high quality online and face-to-face training in treating childhood obesity. By completing training you can earn continuing professional education credits.