Underdiagnosis of Pediatric Obesity during Outpatient Preventive Care Visits

ArticleinAcademic pediatrics 10(6):405-9 · November 2010with12 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2010.09.004 · Source: PubMed
To examine obesity diagnosis, obesity-related counseling, and laboratory testing rates among obese pediatric patients seen in US preventive outpatient visits and to determine patient, provider, and practice-level factors that are associated with obesity diagnosis. By using 2005-2007 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data, outpatient preventive visits made by obese (body mass index ≥95%) 2- to 18-year-old patients were examined for frequencies of obesity diagnosis, diet, exercise, or weight reduction counseling, and glucose or cholesterol testing. Multivariable logistic regression was used to examine whether patient-level (gender, age, race/ethnicity, insurance type) and provider/practice-level (geographic region, provider specialty, and practice setting) factors were associated with physician obesity diagnosis. Physicians documented an obesity diagnosis in 18% (95% confidence interval, 13-23) of visits made by 2- to 18-year-old patients with a body mass index ≥95%. Documentation of an obesity diagnosis was more likely for non-white patients (odds ratio 2.87; 95% confidence interval, 1.3-6.3). Physicians were more likely to provide obesity-related counseling (51% of visits) than to conduct laboratory testing (10% of visits) for obese pediatric patients. Rates of documented obesity diagnosis, obesity-related counseling, and laboratory testing for comorbid conditions among obese pediatric patients seen in US outpatient preventive visits are suboptimal. Efforts should target enhanced obesity diagnosis as a first step toward improving pediatric obesity management.
    • "A Canadian study linking a population-based survey with physician billing data showed that only 10% of children aged 10–11 years with a BMI, based on measured height and weight, that identified them as having obesity received an ICD code diagnosis of obesity during the same year, with a quarter of children with obesity that did not have an obesity diagnosis having a BMI between 28.5 and 44.0 kg/m 2 (Kuhle et al., 2011 ). According to US studies, documentation of a diagnosis of obesity on the charts ranged from 18 to 66% of children who were identified with obesity based on their measured BMI (O'Brien, Holubkov & Reis, 2004; Dorsey et al., 2010; Dilley et al., 2007; Patel et al., 2010). There is also a need to consider whether an additional step be included, given that there is increasing evidence that parents may not accurately perceive the weight status of their child(ren). "
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    • "However , the subjective nature of self-report data (as used in this current study) also needs consideration, as selfreport has been shown to over-estimate the rates of both individual and centre-wide clinical practices [49], including the assessment of weight and height of chil- dren [40]. Current literature suggests that identification of obesity is associated with improved weight manage- ment [50], which highlights the need to identify best practices related to assessing, identifying, and managing overweight and obesity in children. However, for children with spina bifida, even when weight is assessed , the options for monitoring and classification are currently limited; in this survey, only 41% of respondents felt that currently available tools such as growth charts were appropriate. "
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