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Improved management of pediatric obesity in the primary care setting through implementation of the healthy care for healthy kids obesity toolkit

Published:April 25, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2022.04.004

      Highlights

      • Pediatric obesity continues to be a worsening healthcare problem.
      • Pediatric obesity sets children up for lifelong complications and comorbidities.
      • The primary care office provides a unique opportunity to help manage pediatric obesity, while incorporating the entire family unit.
      • Integrating resources into EMR can be helpful to improve some aspects of pediatric obesity management.

      Abstract

      Pediatric obesity has become a major health care concern over the last several decades. This condition can lead to detrimental life-long physical and mental comorbidities. Pediatric primary care providers have a unique opportunity to both prevent and treat pediatric obesity in their clinics. However, discussing this topic with families can be uncomfortable and time consuming. Time efficient resources to educate and increase confidence are needed to improve the management of pediatric obesity. This quality improvement project integrated the Healthy Care for Healthy Kids by the
      • National Institute of Children'’s Healthcare Quality
      Healthy Care for Healthy Kids Obesity Toolkit.
      into the electronic medical record at a pediatric primary care office in rural East Tennessee. This toolkit included handouts, management algorithms, and provider education for pediatric obesity. After an 8-week implementation period, improvements in lab draws and evaluation of a family’'s readiness to change were noted. Overall, providers reported the toolkit was helpful and improved patient interaction. Currently, the clinic is still utilizing the integrated resources and handouts.

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