Is your family struggling to access medical care for obesity or overweight?

Written by Dr. Kate McCann
15th September 2023

Many of my patients and their families struggle or have struggled to access care for children or teens who are above a healthy weight, have obesity, and those who are suffering obesity-related health complications.  The RCSI led Landscape project is working to identify needs and barriers to improve the services available. 

The Landscape Project

If you are a parent or a carer, you may have valuable insight and views to contribute (anonymously) to this work. Please see further details below and at this survey linkhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LandscapeParentCarerSurvey

About The LANDSCAPE Child and Teenager Obesity Project

The LANDSCAPE Child and Adolescent Obesity Project is being undertaken as part of a Health Research Board (HRB) applied partnership award between Dr Grace O’Malley RCSI and CHI at Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Sarah O’Brien HSE Health and Wellbeing Division.

The aim of The LANDSCAPE Child and Adolescent Obesity Project is to map currently available services and practices in Ireland in relation to caring for children and teenagers with obesity and their complications. It is envisaged that this will help develop an understanding of how these services and practices may differ across the country and in various settings in Ireland. It will also provide valuable insight on the potential barriers and enablers for the provision of obesity treatment services in Ireland and identifying the supports needed.

Your views will complement findings from a large nationwide survey and focus groups conducted with health professionals and other key stakeholders including health managers and advocates in the delivery of health services. This work will be used to create a framework of recommendations for the Health Service Executive (HSE) for future service delivery for families affected by overweight and obesity.

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