Childhood obesity is a known health problem in the United States (U.S.). A first step in a potential solution to prevent and manage childhood obesity is to develop and implement a protocol to use in the pediatric primary care setting. This will result in making a positive impact and change in U.S. pediatric primary care practice, and ultimately improve children’s health into adulthood.
Aim and Objectives
Aim: Develop an evidenced-based (EB) protocol and implement it in a United States (U.S.) primary pediatric care practice that supports providers in changing practice to better manage the care of overweight or obese children.
• Develop and implement an EBP (evidenced-based practice) protocol from U.S. national guidelines
• Educate providers on anticipatory guidance for at risk children
• Monitor provider documentation of an established plan of care and follow-up
• Monitor early referrals to nutritional services
Methods: This project accessed a convenience sample of pediatric primary care providers. Chart reviews will be done to determine provider practices before and after the education.
This project is a mixed methods design focusing on pediatric healthcare providers. It will review implementation of the developed protocol and the impact on their change in practice, using Qualtrics. Descriptive statistics and nominal measurements will also be used.
Outcomes: Pretest and posttest assessment of education session(s) to measure providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice. Overweight and obese patient data collected include: (1) behavior and lifestyle changes, (2) Body Mass Index (BMI) and/or weight changes, (3) change in Blood Pressure (BP) and/or Heart Rate (HR) and (4) time to refer to nutrition.
Conclusion: In conclusion, the implementation of this protocol will potentially positively impact the health of U.S. children through early identification and prevention of childhood obesity in pediatric primary care practice by preventing future obesity and the associated co-morbidities in adulthood.