To date, the updates I’ve shared through this blog have been mostly teen-centered and consistent with spirits of patient-oriented research. This includes engaging teens not only as participants, but also as partners, in research. When research is set to inform health services delivery (e.g., development of a clinical tool), however, it is equally important to gain insight from all relevant stakeholders, including health care providers (HCPs).
One component of Study 2 of my thesis consists of holding focus groups with HCPs. The focus? To explore HCPs’ perspectives on the lifestyle behaviours and role of teens in weight management discussions and decisions as well as clinical tools that could be used to enable constructive conversations and priority-setting with teens.
Earlier this week, we held our first focus group with clinical and research team members (n=4), after which the interview guide and processes (e.g., methods of delivery) were refined and finalized. Today, we held the second focus group (out of three) with HCPs (n=6; dietitian, exercise specialist, nurse, pediatrician, psychologist, and social worker) at the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health (Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton, AB). Throughout the one-hour we spent together, our participants showed great enthusiasm for this research, were very engaged in the discussion, and had important anecdotal experiences and insights to share. Once again, I’d like to acknowledge and thank everyone who participated in both focus groups for their time, interest, and support!