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    The Shared-Care Obesity Trial in CHildren (HopSCOTCH) developed and trialled a new approach to treating childhood obesity. It aimed to reduce obesity in 3-10 year olds attending their general practitioner.

    The trial had three stages:

    • A weight and height survey: 1,195 children 3-10 years old were weighed and measured when they attended the medical practices of 35 participating Melbourne general practitioners.
    • The shared-care intervention: The participants were 118 families with children found to be obese in the height and weight survey. The 60 'intervention' children attended the Royal Children's Hospital for a specialist multidisciplinary obesity appointment, followed by supported general practice care for 12 months. The 56 'control' families weren't offered these appointments or identified as being in the trial to their GP - but parents could seek assistance with their GP or with any other service.

    • 15 month follow-up: In 2011, we visited 107 families in both groups (91% retention) to complete questionnaires, measure family members and ask children to wear an activity monitor.
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    HopSCOTCH is a collaboration between the MCRI, the Royal Children's Hospital, The University of Melbourne (General Practice Department), The University of Adelaide (School of Medicine), and KnowSys. Results published in 2013.


     Wake M, Lycett K, Clifford SA, et al. Shared care obesity management in 3-10 year old children: 12 month outcomes of HopSCOTCH randomised trial. BMJ. 2013;346:f3092.

     Wake M, Lycett K, Sabin MA, Gunn J, Gibbons K, Hutton C, et al. A shared-care model of obesity treatment for 3-10 year old children: Protocol for the HopSCOTCH randomised controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics 2012;12(39).

    Methodology: Randomised Controlled Trial
    Australian Clinical Trials Registry Number (ACTRN12608000055303)
    Date: Start: May 2008
    Finish: End 2011


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The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.