Guided by community-based participatory research principles, this mixed-methods process evaluation explored the experience and capacity of a newly formed Parental Advisory Team (PAT) engaged in childhood obesity research in a medically underserved region. Following the successful completion of a 3-month evidence-based childhood obesity treatment program (iChoose), 13 parents/caregivers who completed iChoose consented to participate in the PAT. Between June 2015 and March 2016, the PAT had nine monthly meetings and completed mixed-methods capacity assessments. They engaged in activities related to understanding iChoose outcomes, defining their role and purpose as a partnership, initiating content development, and pilot testing maintenance intervention components for future iChoose efforts. Assessments included a quantitative survey administered at baseline and 9 months, and a qualitative interview completed at 9 months. Results indicated that PAT members’ perceptions of the identified capacity dimensions were positive at baseline (3.8-4.3 on a 5-point scale) and remained positive at follow-up (3.9-4.4 on a 5-point scale); changes were not statistically significant. Qualitative data revealed that PAT members were satisfied with group participation and desired to enhance their role in subsequent iChoose research. Understanding and promoting parental engagement in the research process fills an important gap in childhood obesity literature.
- child/adolescent health
- chronic disease
- community-based participatory research
- health research
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Nursing (miscellaneous)