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Table 2 Summary of the characteristics of the included studies of effect

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

Study IDPopulationIntervention/mode of communicationComparison/ mode of communicationOutcomes
Dawson 2014 [28, 46, 48, 49]New Zealand Health services
Families with children aged 4–8.9 years with a BMI above the 85th percentile
Traffic light weight chart combined with motivational interviewing/ Face-to-face interactions with health care providersTraffic light weight chart with standard conversation/ Face-to-face interactions with health care providers-Willingness to participate in further treatment of the child
-Parental recognition of child’s overweight or obesity
-Parental perception of the feedback session
-Parental motivation for lifestyle change
-Adverse outcomes of the intervention
Bailey-Davis 2017 [50]USA
Schools
Parents with children attending first, third and fifth grade
State-standardised weight-screening report card and easy-to-read information sheet with link to an online screening tool on child’s risk of becoming obese/Written notificationState-standardised weight-screening report card/Written notification-Parents attended follow up session/ contacted health care provider
-Parental perception of the information/ resources given
Falconer 2014 [51, 52]UK
Schools
Parents with children undergoing school-based weight screening
(1) Written feedback and parents of the children identified as obese in two districts received a phone call from a school nurse.
(2) Parents in one of these districts were also offered a face-to-face appointment with a school nurse. /Written notification and face-to-face interactions with health care providers
Written feedback with the child’s BMI centile and weight category/ Written notification-Parental recognition of child’s overweight or obesity
Prina 2014 [40]Mexico
Schools
Parents with children attending second through sixth grade
(1) Written feedback as for the control group and information about the health risks of their child’s weight category. /Written notification
(2) Written feedback as for the control group and information about the number of children in the child’s class within each of the weight categories /Written notification
Control: Written feedback with the child’s BMI centile, their weight category and contact information to a nutritionist that could be consulted free of charge. /Written notification-Parents attended follow up session/contacted health care provider
-Parental recognition of child’s overweight or obesity
-Child’s subsequent weight status