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Initial Steps for Quality Improvement of Obesity Care Across Divisions at a Tertiary Care Pediatric Hospital

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University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
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Mary Ann and J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research Program, Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
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Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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Pediatrics, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(9), 9680-9693; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph110909680
Received: 16 July 2014 / Revised: 25 August 2014 / Accepted: 5 September 2014 / Published: 17 September 2014
Background: Pediatric subspecialists can participate in the care of obese children. Objective: To describe steps to help subspecialty providers initiate quality improvement efforts in obesity care. Methods: An anonymous patient data download, provider surveys and interviews assessed subspecialty providers’ identification and perspectives of childhood obesity and gathered information on perceived roles and care strategies. Participating divisions received summary analyses of quantitative and qualitative data and met with study leaders to develop visions for division/service-specific care improvement. Results: Among 13 divisions/services, subspecialists’ perceived role varied by specialty; many expressed the need for cross-collaboration. All survey informants agreed that identification was the first step, and expressed interest in obtaining additional resources to improve care. Conclusions: Subspecialists were interested in improving the quality and coordination of obesity care for patients across our tertiary care setting. Developing quality improvement projects to achieve greater pediatric obesity care goals starts with engagement of providers toward better identifying and managing childhood obesity. View Full-Text
Keywords: pediatric subspecialty; obesity identification; obesity management pediatric subspecialty; obesity identification; obesity management
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Chang, S.Z.; Beacher, D.R.; Kwon, S.; McCarville, M.A.; Binns, H.J.; Ariza, A.J. Initial Steps for Quality Improvement of Obesity Care Across Divisions at a Tertiary Care Pediatric Hospital. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 9680-9693.

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