Clinician-researcher in paediatric endocrinology
Ian is a pediatric endocrinologist (i.e., specializing in diseases of the endocrine system and hormones) and early career researcher, who specializes in weight management, diabetes and mental health in the pediatric population. Ian leads a clinical pediatric program, known as ‘Kidfit’, which supports overweight children and adolescents, and their families, to develop skills to lead healthy, active lifestyles. Over the past five years, Ian has engaged patients and families in co-designing elements of the program; he believes that this enables his team to deliver a program that best meets patients’ and families’ needs. To date, Ian’s primary focus has been on program improvement, but he plans to further engage patients and families to identify future priorities for his research program. He hopes to spread projects such as Kidfit at the community level more broadly to improve the health and wellness of children and adolescents. Ian recommends that clinicians and researchers who want to engage with patients and families should just boldly embark on these partnerships and welcome constructive feedback.
- Improving Patient Care and Experiences – IanFeedback from patients and families was used by Ian’s team to develop a food skills program
- Diversity – IanIan suggests that researchers rethink communication with potential patient partners
- Path to involvement – IanIan is a pediatric endocrinologist and an early career researcher interested in family and child health and wellness