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Drouin O, Sharifi M, Gerber M
Parents' willingness to pay for pediatric weight management programs.
This study examined parents’ interested in continuing and willingness to pay (WTP) for 2 pediatric weight management programs after their childrens’ participation. Participants were parents of 2- to 12-year-old children with a body mass index equal to or greater than the 85th percentile who participated in the Connect for Health trial. One group received enhanced primary care (EPC) and the other group EPC plus individualized coaching (EPC+C). After 1 year, they assessed parents’ self-reported WTP for a similar program and the maximum amount they would pay. Of 638 parents polled, 85% were interested in continuing and 38% of them were willing to pay. The median amount they were willing to pay was $25/month. Parents of Hispanic/Latino children versus white ethnicity and those reporting a higher satisfaction with the program more most likely to endorse WTP. Parents of children getting EPC+C were also more willing to pay.
AHRQ-funded; HS024332; HS022986.
Citation: Drouin O, Sharifi M, Gerber M . Parents' willingness to pay for pediatric weight management programs. Acad Pediatr 2019 Sep - Oct;19(7):764-72. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2019.05.124..
Keywords: Children/Adolescents, Obesity: Weight Management, Obesity, Healthcare Costs, Caregiving, Primary Care, Primary Care: Models of Care