Parent reasons for nonreturn to a pediatric weight management program

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2006 May;45(4):355-60. doi: 10.1177/000992280604500408.


To identify parent reasons for lack of return to a weight management program, a questionnaire was sent to 85 families who attended two or fewer visits; 43 families completed the questionnaire. A total of 37% reported that the program was not what they were looking for. Specifically, they were dissatisfied with the staff or treatment focus. Other reasons for nonreturn were distance to program (23%), scheduling conflicts (21%), and lack of insurance for weight management (21%). High body mass index z score was associated with return, but age, gender, race, and medical condition were not. Matching program structure, location, and time to parent preference might improve retention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Body Mass Index
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Patient Dropouts / psychology
  • Patient Dropouts / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pediatrics*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires