"Salud America"! Developing a National Latino Childhood Obesity Research Agenda

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

childhood obesity

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

U.S. childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions, with one third of children overweight or obese. Latino children have some of the highest obesity rates, a concern because they are part of the youngest and fastest-growing U.S. minority group. Unfortunately, scarce research data on Latinos hinders the development and implementation of evidence-based, culturally appropriate childhood obesity interventions. In response, the Salud America! network conducted a national Delphi survey among researchers and stakeholders to identify research priorities to address Latino childhood obesity and compare differences by occupation and race or ethnicity.

What was the objective?

to identify research priorities to address Latino childhood obesity and compare differences by occupation and race or ethnicity

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 25 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

May 2008 - July 2008

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: literature review: five main research areas associated with childhood obesity intervention research were identified, advisory committee reviewed these five main research areas and suggested 45 initial specific research priorities. Step 2: Delphi round 1: 45 research priorities categorized under five main research areas, participants asked to rate the importance of each research priority, 22 new priorities suggested. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants asked to re-rate 67 priorities based on group mean ratings. Step 4: Delphi round 3: list of top 5 priorities, participants asked to rank the top five priorities and to rank the five main research areas

Which stakeholders took part?

Researchers, policymakers, community leaders, other Latino childhood obesity stakeholders. 313 participants overall: academics or researchers (about 33%), health educators or educators (15.3%), administrators or managers and clinicians (11.8%), public health workers (11.2%). Delphi round 1: 177 participants. Delphi round 2: 103 participants. Delphi round 3: 193 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Potential survey participants were identified using convenience and snowball sampling methods that included: members of the Salud America! network; recommendations from the Salud America! National Advisory Committee (NAC); and individuals who already had expressed interest in participating. In addition, various program communication materials, such as a website, e-newsletters, and e-alerts also were used to invite potential participants.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.