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Parenting Addressing Early Years Intervention with Home Visits in Toronto: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial (PARENT)
By: Dr. Catherine Birken, The Hospital for Sick Children

What is the study about?

The study aims to determine if the Parents Together program consisting of parent workshops, home visits and coaching calls, will result in better health outcomes for children. The program which is facilitated by a Public Health Nurse seeks to encourage healthy lifestyle, help build strong family relationships, and promote child mental health.

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What is the study's goal?

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to attend three visits. These will consist of an initial, 6-month, and 12-month visit. We will try to schedule the visits during your child's scheduled check-up. 


During these visits, you will be asked to: 

  1. Complete questionnaires similar to TARGet Kids! 

During these visits, your child will be asked to: 

  1. Wear an activity monitor to measure their physical activity

  2. Provide a blood sample to assess their health

Alongside the three visits, families will be assigned to either Group A or Group B: 

  • Group A: Will participate in the Parents Together program facilitated by a Public Health Nurse

  • Group B: Will receive usual care from your family physician

Why is the study important?

Your involvement and participation will work to inform primary care practice and future research studies that are focused on improving childhood health.

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