Providers as weight coaches: using practice guides and motivational interview to treat obesity in the pediatric office.

Journal Article (Academic article)

Motivational interview techniques combined with an evidence-based guideline provide valuable tools for the treatment of childhood obesity. The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners' Healthy Eating and Activity Together guidelines were adopted in a rural pediatric office. After a 6-month pilot, effectiveness of treatment was evaluated with a retrospective chart review. The results suggest that children were motivated for healthy lifestyle changes but had difficulty maintaining motivation and compliance with healthy change choices after 1-2 months; however, with consistent use of motivational interviewing techniques combined with diet and exercise counseling, there was a trend toward lowered body mass index and waist measurements.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tripp, SB; Perry, JT; Romney, S; Blood Siegfried, J

Published Date

  • October 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 474 - 479

PubMed ID

  • 21930034

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1532-8449

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pedn.2011.07.009


  • English