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Evaluation of Technology to Identify and Assess Overweight Children and Adolescents

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PURPOSE.  The current obesity epidemic has produced a generation of children that may be the first to have a life expectancy shorter than their parents. To address the obesity epidemic, experts have published recommendations for providers. Research suggests the publication of guidelines may not change provider behavior.

DESIGN AND METHODS.  This study evaluates computer assistance for implementing obesity guidelines in school-based health centers.

RESULTS.  Significant improvements in identification and assessment of obesity in children with technology support were noted.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS.  Computer decision support shows promise for promoting the implementation of current recommendations by supporting providers in identifying, assessing, and providing tailored recommendations for children at risk of obesity.