Objective: The Parenting for Lifelong Health for Young Children in Thailand (PLH-Thailand) study is a partnership between the Thai Ministry of Public Health, UNICEF Thailand, University of Oxford, University of Cape Town, and members of the Thai Parenting Experts Working Group. The second phase of this study aims to conduct a feasibility pilot of a culturally and contextually adapted version of the Parenting for Lifelong Health for Young Children programme, initially developed in South Africa and subsequently tested in several other LMICs. The objective of the pilot is to test the feasibility of this version for low-income families with children aged 2-9 years living in Udon Thani, by assessing: 1) implementation, including fidelity, quality, recruitment, retention, and engagement; 2) cultural and contextual relevance, including acceptability and satisfaction; and 3) study feasibility, including internal validity of procedures and outcome measures.
Methods: This feasibility study involves a mixed methods process evaluation, which will include the administration of facilitator self-report checklists, a facilitator assessment tool, self-report home practice checklists, and attendance registration; the conduct of individual interviews with 12 parents/primary caregivers and a focus group discussion with facilitators; as well as the administration of a self-report satisfaction questionnaire for parents/primary caregivers. The feasibility study is a single-subject pre-post design, with no control group. The study has been registered with ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT03539341.
Results: Preliminary data from the feasibility pilot (which will be ending in early 2019) will be presented, as well as implications for the further adaptation of the PLH program in Thailand and the conduct of the randomized controlled trial (N = 120) in mid-2019.