Pediatric Quality of Life Among Population With Body Mass Index (BMI) Greater Than or Equal to 85%
We are currently experiencing an epidemic of obesity in the Pediatric Population. This epidemic affects many areas including quality of life.
We have been conducting a nutrition and exercise program since 2003. We have noticed that many of the participants seem to have a better quality of life after finishing the one year program compared to when they started. We would like to objectively quantify this improvement using a validated questionnaire at the beginning and at the end of the study. Questionnaires will be given to participants and to their caretakers at the same time. There will be two groups in the study: one intervention (minimum attendance of 4 sessions) and one control group.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Pediatric Quality of Life Among Population With BMI Greater Than or Equal to 85%: Impact of a Behavioral Intervention Program|
- Change in Child Self-report Health Related Quality of Life Scores After Intervention: Total, Physical and Psychosocial (Presented in This Order) [ Time Frame: one year comparing change in questionnaire scores at baseline to results from questionnaire completed a year later ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Using a validated quality of life questionnaire we analyzed change in child self-report scores comparing baseline questionnaire scores to end of study questionnaire scores for these categories: total (includes physical and psychosocial), physical, and psychosocial(includes emotional, social, and school).
Scale information: The range is 0-100 in terms of points they could get for each category. They had the options of 0-4, 0 being the best. 0 would then be transformed to a score of 100, 1 to 75, 2 to 50, 3 to 25 and 4 to 0.
Results are clinically significant if the difference in scores are higher than the Minimal Clinical Important Difference (MCID). MCID are as follows: Total Score: 4.36, Physical Health: 6.66, Psychosocial Health: 5.30.
|Study Start Date:||February 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
intervention: this group will attend the nutrition and exercise program control group: this group will not attend the nutrition and exercise program
Behavioral: Behavioral nutrition and exercise program
The intervention consists of a behavioral nutrition and exercise program. Meetings occur monthly on a Saturday afternoon and last 4 hours. During this time we cover: 1)registration: monitoring of sedentary activities and liquid choices, motivational interviewing, exercise testing;2)exercise: includes strength training; 3) educational lectures; 4) didactic games and projects.
We are currently experiencing an obesity epidemic in the Pediatric population. The latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data indicates that 16.5% has a BMI greater than or equal to 85% < 95% and 17.1% has a BMI greater than or equal to 95%. The quality of life of children who are obese has been shown to be lower than that of children with cancer. Health related quality of life measurements have emerged as an important health outcome in clinical trials, clinical practice improvement strategies, and healthcare services research and evaluation. We have conducted a behavioral nutrition and exercise program since 2003. The name of the program is Teens, Empowerment, Exercise, Education, Nutrition (TEEEN) Program. We meet once a month on a Saturday afternoon for four hours. During this time we cover: registration (monitoring of sedentary activities and liquid choices; motivational interview, exercise testing); exercise; educational interactive lectures; didactic games and projects. We have noticed that participants seem to have a better quality of life after participating in the program compared to baseline. We would like to objectively quantify this subjective finding. We will be using the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory Version 4.0 (PedsQL(TM)4.0) questionnaire which has been validated in the pediatric population. We will have an intervention and a control group. Both participants and their caretakers will be given a questionnaire at the beginning and at the end of the study.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00714870
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Steward St. Elizabeth's Medical Center|
|Brighton, Massachusetts, United States, 02135-3514|
|Principal Investigator:||Shirley Gonzalez, MD||Steward St. Elizabeth's Medical Center|