A Longitudinal Effectiveness Study of a Child Obesity Electronic Health Record Tool

Amy Braddock, Richelle J. Koopman, Jamie Smith, Andy S. Lee, Samuel Holt McNair, Sarah Hampl, Nuha Wareg, Megan Clary, Natalie Miller, Christy B. Turer

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Primary-care providers, clinic staff, and nurses play an important role in reducing child obesity; yet time restraints and clinical demands compete with effective pediatric weight management and prevention. METHODS: To investigate the potential impact of an electronic health record (EHR) enabled tool to assist primary care teams in addressing child obesity, we conducted a controlled effectiveness study of FitTastic compared with usual care on the BMI pattern of 291 children (2 to 17 years) up to 4 years later. RESULTS: Per χ2 analysis, a greater proportion of children with baseline overweight/obesity in the EHR tool group than the control group had a favorable BMI pattern (32% vs 13%, P = .03). In logistic regression, FitTastic children were more likely than control children to have a favorable BMI pattern at follow-up (OR 3.8, 95% CI 1.1 to 13.2), adjusted for age, gender, race, and parental education. CONCLUSION: Study findings suggest that EHR-enabled tools to assist primary care teams in managing child obesity may be useful for helping to address the weight in children with overweight/obesity, especially in younger children (2 to 5 years). Digital and EHR-enabled technologies may prove useful for partnering health care teams and families in the important tasks of setting positive, family-centered healthy lifestyle behavioral goals and managing child overweight and obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-750
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Body Mass Index
  • Control Groups
  • Counseling
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Exercise
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Logistic Models
  • Patient Care Team
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Primary Health Care
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice

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