Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of a community-based, multidisciplinary, family-focused childhood weight management programme in Ireland: a qualitative study.

Source: BMJ Open. 2017 Aug 28;7(8):e016459. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016459.

Objective: To explore the barriers and facilitators experienced by those implementing a government-funded, community-based childhood weight management programme.

This study highlights the complexities associated with implementing a multidisciplinary childhood weight management programme, particularly translating such a programme to a community setting. Our results suggest the assignment of clear roles and responsibilities, the provision of sufficient practical training and resources, and organisational support play pivotal roles in overcoming barriers to change. This evidence can be used to develop an implementation plan to support the translation of interventions into real-world settings.

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