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Table 1 Study inclusion criteria

From: Communication of children’s weight status: what is effective and what are the children’s and parents’ experiences and preferences? A mixed methods systematic review

 Studies of effect (Controlled studies)Studies of perception and experience (Qualitative studies
Population:Children and parents of children aged 0–19 years.
Context:Primary health centres, school health programs or similar health-services for preventive monitoring and care. Any country.
Intervention/Topic of interest:Any intervention using any communication method or strategy to inform parents and/or the child that routine weight screening results identified underweight, overweight or obesity. In the context of primary healthcare centres, this is likely to be some form of oral communication, but can involve different educational or counselling strategies. In the context of school health programs, information about weight screening results is likely to be sent to parents as letters or through digital platforms. Combinations of different modes and strategies of delivery are also possible and relevant.Communicating to parents and/or children about children’s weight status (underweight, overweight or obese) using face-to-face, digital or written interventions or a mix of the above. The intervention must be delivered by a health professional.
Control:1) Usual care 
2) Other communication method/strategy 
Outcome:Relevant outcomes included, but was not limited to: 
• Compliance with subsequent activities/referrals
• Correct identification of child weight status
• Parents’ or the children’s perceptions of the communication with the health care provider
• Knowledge and attitudes regarding weight-related issues
• Self-efficacy
• Experienced stigma
• Child’s subsequent weight status
• Adverse events/outcomes (any outcome)
Language:Languages mastered by at least one member of the review team due to the difficulty and time consuming nature of translating qualitative studies (English, French and Scandinavian languages)
Year:From 2000 to October 2018a
  1. a A cut-off search year of 2000 was used because the millennium development goals were launched in 2000. These goals increased the awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic [31] and this focus was re-enforced by the sustainable development goals [32]