Preliminary work has started to update the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) for Managing Pediatric Obesity. As part of this work, we are connecting with a diverse group of stakeholders who may be interested in participating in or contributing to this work in some manner.
As you may know, more than 10 years have passed since the first Canadian CPGs for obesity management were published, which included guidelines for both adults and pediatrics. We believe there is a need to update the CPGs to ensure they reflect current management strategies and incorporate emerging therapies and principles, including patient-centeredness and inter-professional approaches.
We are taking a systematic, evidence-based approach to updating the guidelines with partners who have extensive expertise in conducting knowledge syntheses to inform guideline development. We believe that children, youth, and families living with obesity should expect that health care professionals are knowledgeable and competent in pediatric weight management, which is why our primary audience for these CPGs includes health care professionals and health care decision makers. The guidelines will include recommendations to establish core competencies among health care professionals to optimize patient-centered care. We anticipate the guidelines will be used by decision makers to inform future health services and policies to improve access to evidence-based care for pediatric obesity.
We are updating the CPGs in partnership with Obesity Canada (OC), a registered not-for-profit organization (#810762146) with a mandate to improve the lives of Canadians affected by obesity. With over 15,000 members and more than 18,000 public supporters, OC is ideally positioned to coordinate the development of the guidelines through its success in networking professionals and leading knowledge dissemination activities with national reach. OC will leverage its cross-sectoral expertise to coordinate the development process, engage patients living with obesity, health professionals, researchers and policy makers, leverage research funding, and support implementation activities.
Thank-you very much for considering our invitation to participate with us in updating the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Managing Pediatric Obesity. We look forward to hearing from you soon to discuss your interest and potential role as our work proceeds.
With kind regards on behalf of our Steering Committee,
Dr. Geoff Ball, Professor of Pediatrics and Alberta Health Services Chair in Obesity Research, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Dr. Arya Sharma, Scientific Director, Obesity Canada, Edmonton, AB
On behalf of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Managing Pediatric Obesity.
Dr. Catherine Birken, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Dr. Jill Hamilton, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Dr. Melanie Henderson, McGill University, Montreal, QC
Dr. Katherine Morrison, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
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