Background and aims Information on parent’s willingness to participate in nutrition based studies based on randomization is scarce in literature. The aim of this survey was to assess the interest level of a pre-school child’s parents for participation of their children in nutrition intervention study evaluating cognitive measures like memory.
Methods Parents were provided a questionnaire copy through their children studying in four kindergarten (KG) schools of Anand District. Parents were required to sign the consent form, fill the questionnaire and send it back with their child to the school. A response was requested in five days but forms were collected even after 5 days by making repeated visits on three occasions to collect the forms. Descriptive analysis was done. The survey received approval from the Institutional Ethics committee and Principals of schools.
Results Total 1049 consent forms and questionnaires were distributed. From them 602 (57.39%) were returned. However willingness to involve their children in nutritional based research for the duration of 6 months without blood pricks with understanding of randomization in intervention and control group was 180 (29.9%). 41.5% (250) did not respond and 28.6% (172) did not want their child to participate.
Conclusion The interest level of a pre-school child’s parents for participation of their children in nutrition intervention study evaluating cognitive measures like memory seems low. Providing more detailed information about the project may be an option to improve interest levels.