Management of child and adolescent obesity

Study design and practitioner characteristics

Frederick L. Trowbridge, Denise Sofka, Katrina Holt, Sarah E. Barlow

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Objective. A study was undertaken to examine the attitudes and practices of health care providers in the assessment and treatment of overweight and obese children and adolescents. This study describes the study design and the practice settings and person characteristics of the practitioners included in this study. Methods. A needs assessment questionnaire was developed by a working group consisting of researchers, clinicians, educators, and representatives of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (Department of Health and Human Services), National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, International Life Sciences Institute, and Harris Interactive, Inc. The questionnaire consisted of 35 questions divided into 3 topic areas and was disseminated to a sample of pediatricians (n = 1088), pediatric nurse practitioners (n = 879), and registered dietitians (n = 1652). Results. Despite a low response rate (33% for pediatric nurse practitioners, 27% for registered dieticians, and 19% for pediatricians), descriptive data were obtained about a variety of practitioner characteristics. Some significant differences were observed across practitioner groups and between genders in regard to years in practice, body mass index, and dietary and physical activity behaviors. Significant relationships were also observed in some practitioner groups between body mass index and compliance with dietary and physical activity guidelines. Conclusions. Our data show there is a wide variance in practitioner characteristics, particularly in regard to gender, years of practice, body mass index, and obesity-related behaviors. It is hoped the analyses presented in this and in the subsequent articles will provide useful information on current attitudes and practices and will contribute to improvements in the treatment of overweight children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-209
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics
Volume110
Issue number1 II
StatePublished - Jul 16 2002

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Pediatric Obesity
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Body Mass Index
Nutritionists
United States Health Resources and Services Administration
Exercise
United States Dept. of Health and Human Services
Needs Assessment
Biological Science Disciplines
Health Personnel
Obesity
Research Personnel
Guidelines
Education
Therapeutics
Surveys and Questionnaires
Maternal Health
Pediatricians
Child Health

Keywords

  • Adolescent obesity
  • Child obesity
  • Practitioner characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Management of child and adolescent obesity : Study design and practitioner characteristics. / Trowbridge, Frederick L.; Sofka, Denise; Holt, Katrina; Barlow, Sarah E.

In: Pediatrics, Vol. 110, No. 1 II, 16.07.2002, p. 205-209.

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Trowbridge, FL, Sofka, D, Holt, K & Barlow, SE 2002, 'Management of child and adolescent obesity: Study design and practitioner characteristics', Pediatrics, vol. 110, no. 1 II, pp. 205-209.
Trowbridge, Frederick L. ; Sofka, Denise ; Holt, Katrina ; Barlow, Sarah E. / Management of child and adolescent obesity : Study design and practitioner characteristics. In: Pediatrics. 2002 ; Vol. 110, No. 1 II. pp. 205-209.
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