Primary Care Provider Knowledge and Practice Patterns Regarding Childhood Obesity

Ashley M. Busch, Andrea Hubka, Brian A Lynch

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Abstract

Background: We aimed to evaluate current childhood obesity management by providers and improve management of pediatric obesity through a provider-focused educational intervention. Methods: We surveyed family medicine and pediatric providers regarding documentation and intervention, knowledge gaps, and educational needs for childhood obesity. An educational program was implemented regarding detection, documentation, and follow-up/referral of pediatric obesity and comorbid conditions. We reviewed charts for 50 overweight or obese children before and after intervention. Results: The survey identified lack of time (73%) and perception of parents (77%) as the most frequent provider barriers to pediatric obesity care. Provider referrals increased from 6% to 16% after intervention, and laboratory testing increased from 14% to 26%. No changes were noted in discussion of weight status, diagnosis/documentation, or billing. Conclusion: Provider education can improve appropriate ordering of laboratory studies and referrals for overweight children. Different intervention approaches may improve billing and documentation practices for pediatric obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • clinical practice pattern
  • pediatric
  • pediatric obesity
  • primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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