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dc.contributor.authorMatvienko-Sikar, Karen
dc.contributor.authorToomey, Elaine
dc.contributor.authorQueally, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorFlannery, Caragh
dc.contributor.authorO Neill, Kate
dc.contributor.authorDinan, Ted G.
dc.contributor.authorDoherty, Edel
dc.contributor.authorHarrington, Janas M.
dc.contributor.authorHayes, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorHeary, Caroline
dc.contributor.authorHennessy, Marita
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Colette
dc.contributor.authorMc Hugh, Sheena M.
dc.contributor.authorMcSharry, Jenny
dc.contributor.authorStanton, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorHeffernan, Tony
dc.contributor.authorByrne, Molly
dc.contributor.authorKearney, Patricia M.
dc.identifier.citationMatvienko-Sikar, Karen, Toomey, Elaine, Queally, Michelle, Flannery, Caragh, O Neill, Kate, Dinan, Ted G., Doherty, Edel Harrington, Janas M. ,Hayes, Catherine, Heary, Caroline, Hennessy, Marita, Kelly, Colette, Mc Hugh, Sheena M., McSharry, Jenny, Stanton, Catherine, Heffernan, Tony, Byrne, Molly, Kearney, Patricia M. (2019). Choosing Healthy Eating for Infant Health (CHErIsH) study: protocol for a feasibility study. BMJ Open, 9(8), e029607. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029607en_IE
dc.description.abstractIntroduction Childhood obesity is a public health challenge. There is evidence for associations between parentsâ feeding behaviours and childhood obesity risk. Primary care provides a unique opportunity for delivery of infant feeding interventions for childhood obesity prevention. Implementation strategies are needed to support infant feeding intervention delivery. The Choosing Healthy Eating for Infant Health (CHErIsH) intervention is a complex infant feeding intervention delivered at infant vaccination visits, alongside a healthcare professional (HCP)-level implementation strategy to support delivery.Methods and analysis This protocol provides a description of a non-randomised feasibility study of an infant feeding intervention and implementation strategy, with an embedded process evaluation and economic evaluation. Intervention participants will be parents of infants aged â ¤6 weeks at recruitment, attending a participating HCP in a primary care practice. The intervention will be delivered at the infantâ s 2, 4, 6, 12 and 13â month vaccination visits and involves brief verbal infant feeding messages and additional resources, including a leaflet, magnet, infant bib and sign-posting to an information website. The implementation strategy encompasses a local opinion leader, HCP training delivered prior to intervention delivery, electronic delivery prompts and additional resources, including a training manual, poster and support from the research team. An embedded mixed-methods process evaluation will examine the acceptability and feasibility of the intervention, the implementation strategy and study processes including data collection. Qualitative interviews will explore parent and HCP experiences and perspectives of delivery and receipt of the intervention and implementation strategy. Self-report surveys will examine fidelity of delivery and receipt, and acceptability, suitability and comprehensiveness of the intervention, implementation strategy and study processes. Data from electronic delivery prompts will also be collected to examine implementation of the intervention. A costâ outcome description will be conducted to measure costs of the intervention and the implementation strategy.Ethics and dissemination This study received approval from the Clinical Research Ethics Committee of the Cork Teaching Hospitals. Study findings will be disseminated via peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors would like to thank Charlotte Griffin, Lisa Delaney and Jennifer Cooney who worked as research assistants on this project. We would like to thank the staff at the Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre, in particular Ms Ruth Haugh, Mr Carl Beame and Mr Conor Healy. We would like to thank Dr Phil Jennings and Ms Anne Pardy from the HSE National Healthy Childhood Programme, and Ms Joanne O Halloran from the HSE for their assistance in development and refinement of the infant feeding messages. We would like to thank Holly McGrath for her graphic design work on the intervention materials. We would also like to thank all the attendees of the 2018 CHErIsH Steering Committee meeting for their feedback and input on the project.en_IE
dc.publisherBMJ Publishing Groupen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofBMJ Openen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
dc.subjectHealthy Eatingen_IE
dc.subjectInfant Health (CHErIsH)en_IE
dc.subjectfeasibility studyen_IE
dc.titleChoosing Healthy Eating for Infant Health (CHErIsH) study: protocol for a feasibility studyen_IE
dc.local.contactMarita Hennessy, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, , Room G055, , School Of Psychology, , Nui Galway. - Email:

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