A health literate approach to the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity

Richard O White, Jessica R. Thompson, Russell L. Rothman, Amanda M. McDougald Scott, William J. Heerman, Evan C. Sommer, Shari L. Barkin

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Abstract

Objective: To describe a systematic assessment of patient educational materials for the Growing Right Onto Wellness (GROW) trial, a childhood obesity prevention study targeting a low health literate population. Methods: Process included: (1) expert review of educational content, (2) assessment of the quality of materials including use of the Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM) tool, and (3) material review and revision with target population. Results: 12 core modules were developed and assessed in an iterative process. Average readability was at the 6th grade reading level (SMOG Index 5.63 ± 0.76, and Fry graph 6.0 ± 0.85). SAM evaluation resulted in adjustments to literacy demand, layout & typography, and learning stimulation & motivation. Cognitive interviews with target population revealed additional changes incorporated to enhance participant's perception of acceptability and feasibility for behavior change. Conclusion: The GROW modules are a collection of evidence-based materials appropriate for parents with low health literacy and their preschool aged children, that target the prevention of childhood overweight/obesity. Practice implications: Most trials addressing the treatment or prevention of childhood obesity use written materials. Due to the ubiquitous prevalence of limited health literacy, our described methods may assist researchers in ensuring their content is both understood and actionable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-618
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume93
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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Pediatric Obesity
Health Literacy
Health Services Needs and Demand
Health
Educational Measurement
Social Adjustment
Preschool Children
Motivation
Reading
Parents
Research Personnel
Learning
Interviews
Population
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Childhood obesity
  • Education
  • Evaluation
  • Health literacy
  • Intervention development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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White, R. O., Thompson, J. R., Rothman, R. L., McDougald Scott, A. M., Heerman, W. J., Sommer, E. C., & Barkin, S. L. (2013). A health literate approach to the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity. Patient Education and Counseling, 93(3), 612-618. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2013.08.010

A health literate approach to the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity. / White, Richard O; Thompson, Jessica R.; Rothman, Russell L.; McDougald Scott, Amanda M.; Heerman, William J.; Sommer, Evan C.; Barkin, Shari L.

In: Patient Education and Counseling, Vol. 93, No. 3, 12.2013, p. 612-618.

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White, RO, Thompson, JR, Rothman, RL, McDougald Scott, AM, Heerman, WJ, Sommer, EC & Barkin, SL 2013, 'A health literate approach to the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity', Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 93, no. 3, pp. 612-618. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2013.08.010
White, Richard O ; Thompson, Jessica R. ; Rothman, Russell L. ; McDougald Scott, Amanda M. ; Heerman, William J. ; Sommer, Evan C. ; Barkin, Shari L. / A health literate approach to the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity. In: Patient Education and Counseling. 2013 ; Vol. 93, No. 3. pp. 612-618.
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