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CON-RCO would like to introduce the new CONversation Card Chart Note. This tool can be used along with the CONversation Cards as a way to track identified areas of challenge related to a child's weight and health and to enhance communication between parents and healthcare professionals working in pediatric weight management.
1. When a family arrives for their appointment they should be given the cards to review while they wait to be called to see the clinician.
2. Upon meeting with the clinician, the family passes on their chosen cards.
3. Take a moment to review the number of cards selected and note the themes. Some questions to ask yourself, "Did they select a high number of cards?", "Are the cards all from the same theme?", "Which ones do I feel are a priority to address first?"
4. Depending on the chosen cards, the issue might relate to an element of the family-clinician relationship which may simple require as adjustment by the clinician. For example, if a family has selected the card, "Medical terminology confuses me", the clinician may want to check-in with the family more often and verify their understanding or offer definitions for key terms.
5. The cards are meant to guide the discussion and are not meant to limit the focus of the appointment. When meeting with a family, clinicians should acknowledge the fact that they may not be able to address all the cards, but will definitely keep them in mind moving forward.