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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Susan Hayden


AbstractFamily care practitioners (FCPs) are important players in the treatment of childhood obesity. However, the evidence-based literature shows that practitioners lack both knowledge of how to diagnose the condition as well as the confidence and education to care for patients with obesity. The primary care setting for this project has a 77% obesity rate among the clinic pediatric population compared to a national average of 19%; the FCPs at the target clinic lacked sufficient knowledge on the diagnosis and treatment of obesity, limiting their ability and confidence to counsel families on weight control measures. Following the Walden University Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) Manual and guided by The Appraisal of Guidelines for Research & Evaluation (AGREE II) Instrument, the childhood obesity problem was addressed through developing an evidence-based CPG based on the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm (POA) as a standardized guideline for FCPs in the facility; the CPG was scored by a panel of 3 content experts using the AGREE II Instrument. Domain scores ranged from 85% for applicability to 98% for clarity of presentation, all with greater than the 75% benchmark indicating no need for revision, with a 95% agreement rate that the POA CPG should be used in the clinic setting, fulfilling the purpose, and answering the project-focused questions. Social change can be anticipated through the POA CPG to enhance the prevention, treatment, and management of childhood obesity thereby reducing associated health and financial burdens and improving patient outcomes.

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