Management of Child and Adolescent Obesity: Attitudes, Barriers, Skills, and Training Needs among Health Care Practitioners

Story MT, Neumark-Stzainer DR, Sherwood NE, Holt K, Sofka D, Trowbridge FL, Barlow SE

Pediatrics. 2002;110(Suppl 1):210-214

Partial Abstract: The primary aim of this study was to evaluate among health care professionals their attitudes, perceived barriers, perceived skill level, training needs in the management of child and adolescent obesity. Pediatric practitioners view child and adolescent obesity with concern and feel that intervention is important. However, several important barriers interfere with treatment efforts and will need to be addressed. There is also a need for increased training opportunities related to obesity prevention and treatment. The results of this study provide directions and priorities for training, education, and advocacy efforts.

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All Articles in This Supplement

  • Management of Child and Adolescent Obesity: Study Design and Practitioner Characteristics (Trowbridge et al., pp. 205-209)
  • Management of Child and Adolescent Obesity: Attitudes, Barriers, Skills, and Training Needs Among Health Care Professionals (Story et al., pp. 210-214)
  • Management of Child and Adolescent Obesity: Psychological, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment  (Jonides et al., pp. 215-221)
  • Medical Evaluation of Overweight Children and Adolescents: Reports From Pediatricians, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Dietitians (Barlow et al., pp. 222-228)
  • Treatment of Child and Adolescent Obesity: Reports From Pediatricians, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Dietitians (Barlow et al., pp. 229-235)
  • Management of Child and Adolescent Obesity: Summary and Recommendations Based on Reports From Pediatricians, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Dietitians (Barlow and Dietz, pp. 236-288)
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