We are working with the CHErIsH Study Team on two qualitative syntheses.

  • Parental experiences and perceptions of infant complementary feeding behaviours: a qualitative evidence synthesis

This qualitative synthesis aims to examine parents’ experiences and perceptions of infant feeding behaviours, namely infant weaning and introduction to solids and first foods.

Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar is leading this synthesis with a team from University College Cork (Dr Carol Sinnott and Prof Patricia Kearney) and NUI Galway (Dr Elaine Toomey, Dr Molly Byrne, Dr Caroline Heary, Dr Jenny McSharry, Dr Colette Kelly, and Dr Catherine Houghton).

The protocol for this review is registered on PROSPERO (ID: CRD42016039652).

  • Healthcare professional and parental views and experiences of participating in infant feeding interventions: a qualitative evidence synthesis

This synthesis aims to examine the qualitative evidence regarding the views and experiences of participating in infant (i.e. children 0-2 years of age) feeding interventions from both healthcare professional and parental perspectives.

Dr Elaine Toomey is leading this synthesis, in collaboration with Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar, Prof Patricia Kearney, Dr Molly Byrne, Dr Caroline Heary, Dr Sheena McHugh, Dr Catherine Houghton, Dr Jenny McSharry, Prof Catherine Hayes and Dr Colette Kelly.

The protocol for this review is registered on PROSPERO (ID: CRD42016051347).

Catherine Houghton from QUESTS was invited to collaborate with the CHErIsH Study Team on these projects because of her expertise in conducting qualitative evidence syntheses.

The results of both syntheses will be used to inform the development of a pilot complex intervention in childhood obesity.

The CHErIsH study is funded by the Health Research Board through an Interdisciplinary Capacity Award 2015.

For more information about this study, visit www.cherishstudy.com, email: cherishstudy@ucc.ie, or follow updates on Twitter: @cherishstudy.