In overweight and obese children from ages 3-18 years old(P), will providing healthcare providers education on pediatric obesity (I) improved patient’s BMI (O) when compared to no healthcare provider education on childhood obesity (C) over a 1-year period. 

Question: In overweight and obese children from ages 3-18 years old(P), will providing healthcare providers education on pediatric obesity (I) improved patient’s BMI (O) when compared to no healthcare provider education on childhood obesity (C) over a 1-year period.

 

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There were two article that were found to support the chosen PICOT question on provider education and childhood obesity using the CINAHL database.  The first article is titled, “Primary care provider knowledge and practice patterns.” This article evaluated the implementation of provider education and clinical guidelines in multiple providers. It was found that providers improved their diagnosis of childhood obesity, ordering laboratory test, and follow up for children with a BMI over 85th percentile.  The second article titled, “Provider perceptions of pediatric obesity management in clinical practice.”  This study expands on existing research and first article mentioned by evaluating how the perception of barriers to addressing childhood obesity impacted the implementation of clinical guidelines and patient care.  It was found that there was a direct correlation with a greater level of barriers identified by PCP or pediatric care providers and the implementation of clinical guidelines for childhood obesity.  Both articles agreed that obesity in children is growing concern and can impact the child’s physical and psychological well-being.  Early intervention and adherence to clinical guidelines provides the greatest impact on Improve diagnosis of childhood obesity and treatment.

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