It has been a while (a while as in a year, oops!) since my last post on this blog, but I am happy to share that it has been a productive time since.
After our teens completed our priority-setting activity in March 2018, we involved them in co-designing our clinical, bilingual (English and French) tool, Conversation Cards for Adolescents (CCAs). We designed CCAs to help streamline conversations between teens and clinicians and to facilitate health behavior change. Briefly, CCAs are a 45-deck of cards divided into 3 categories (barriers, enablers, potential enablers) and distributed over 7 suits (nutrition, physical activity, sedentariness, sleep, mental well-being, relationships, at the clinic).
Our next steps are to assess CCAs for feasibility, user experiences, and preliminary impact in changing lifestyle behaviors of teens with obesity. This pilot randomized controlled trial will include 9 clinicians and 50 teens, and will be conducted at the Northeast Community Health Centre (Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, AB).
As of January 28, 2019, 500 English and 200 French copies of CCAs were printed in collaboration with Obesity Canada and can be ordered online. CCAs were disseminated on several other academic blogs, including Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes. For more information on the development of CCAs, please refer to publications here, here, and here.