See How They Grow: Testing the feasibility of a mobile app to support parents’ understanding of child growth charts

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dc.contributor.author Humphrey, Gayl
dc.contributor.author Dobson, Rosie
dc.contributor.author Parag, Varsha
dc.contributor.author Hiemstra, Marion
dc.contributor.author Howie, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Marsh, Samantha
dc.contributor.author Morton, Susan
dc.contributor.author Mordaunt, Dylan
dc.contributor.author Wadham, Angela
dc.contributor.author Bullen, Chris
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-16T21:57:49Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-16T21:57:49Z
dc.identifier.citation PloS one 16(2):e0246045 Jan 2021
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/54727
dc.description.abstract <jats:sec id="sec001"> <jats:title>Background</jats:title> <jats:p>Mobile devices provide new opportunities for the prevention of overweight and obesity in children. We aimed to co-create and test an app that offered comprehensible feedback to parents on their child’s growth and delivered a suite of age-specific information about nutrition and activity.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec id="sec002"> <jats:title>Methods</jats:title> <jats:p>A two-phased approach was used to co-create the digital growth tool—See How They Grow—and test its feasibility. Phase one used focus groups (parents and professionals such as paediatricians and midwives) and a national on-line survey to gather requirements and build the app. Phase two involved testing the app over 12-weeks, with parents or carers of children aged ≤ 2-years. All research activities were undertaken exclusively through the app, and participants were recruited using social media and hard copy materials given to patents at a child health visit.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec id="sec003"> <jats:title>Findings</jats:title> <jats:p>Four focus groups and 101 responses to the national survey informed the features and functions to include in the final app. Two hundred and twenty-five participants downloaded the app, resulting in 208 eligible participants. Non-Māori/Non-Pacific (78%) and Māori (14%) had the highest downloads. Fifty-four per cent of participants were parents of children under 6-months. These participants were more likely to regularly use the app than those with children older than 6-months (64% vs 36%, <jats:italic>P = 0</jats:italic>.<jats:italic>011)</jats:italic>. Over half of the participants entered three measures (n = 101, 48%). Of those that completed the follow-up survey (n = 101, 48%), 72 reported that the app helped them better understand how to interpret growth charts.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec id="sec004"> <jats:title>Conclusion</jats:title> <jats:p>The app was acceptable and with minor modifications, has the potential to be an effective tool to support parents understanding of growth trajectories for their children. A larger trial is needed to evaluate if the app can have a measurable impact on increasing knowledge and behaviour, and therefore on preventing childhood overweight and obesity.</jats:p> </jats:sec>
dc.language en
dc.publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS)
dc.relation.ispartofseries PLOS ONE
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dc.title See How They Grow: Testing the feasibility of a mobile app to support parents’ understanding of child growth charts
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0246045
pubs.issue 2
pubs.begin-page e0246045
pubs.volume 16
dc.date.updated 2021-02-22T20:12:54Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The authors en
pubs.end-page e0246045
pubs.publication-status Published online
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.elements-id 839561
dc.identifier.eissn 1932-6203
pubs.online-publication-date 2021-2-19


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