Health Care Utilization by Body Mass Index in a Pediatric Population

Brian A Lynch, Lila J Rutten, Robert M. Jacobson, Seema Kumar, Muhamad Y Elrashidi, Patrick M. Wilson, Debra J. Jacobson, Jennifer St. Sauver

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Abstract

Objective We tested the hypothesis that the frequency of emergency department (ED) visits, outpatient clinic visits, and hospitalizations were higher among children with higher body mass index (BMI) categories, even after controlling for demographics, socioeconomic status, and presence of other chronic medical conditions. Methods We obtained electronic height, weight, and utilization data for all residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota, aged 2 to 18 years on January 1, 2005 (n = 34,335), and calculated baseline BMI (kg/m2). At least 1 BMI measurement and permission to use medical record information was available for 19,771 children (58%); 19,528 with follow-up comprised the final cohort. BMIs were categorized into underweight/healthy weight (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-650
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Pediatrics
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

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Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Body Mass Index
Pediatrics
Population
Weights and Measures
Thinness
Ambulatory Care
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Social Class
Medical Records
Hospital Emergency Service
Hospitalization
Demography

Keywords

  • adolescent
  • child
  • emergency service
  • health services utilization
  • hospital utilization
  • obesity
  • pediatric obesity
  • preschool

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Health Care Utilization by Body Mass Index in a Pediatric Population. / Lynch, Brian A; Rutten, Lila J; Jacobson, Robert M.; Kumar, Seema; Elrashidi, Muhamad Y; Wilson, Patrick M.; Jacobson, Debra J.; St. Sauver, Jennifer.

In: Academic Pediatrics, Vol. 15, No. 6, 01.11.2015, p. 644-650.

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Lynch, Brian A ; Rutten, Lila J ; Jacobson, Robert M. ; Kumar, Seema ; Elrashidi, Muhamad Y ; Wilson, Patrick M. ; Jacobson, Debra J. ; St. Sauver, Jennifer. / Health Care Utilization by Body Mass Index in a Pediatric Population. In: Academic Pediatrics. 2015 ; Vol. 15, No. 6. pp. 644-650.
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