In two related projects, researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry carried out research to find the best ways to encourage primary care physicians to screen and treat childhood obesity in their practices and their communities.
First, they conducted surveys of pediatricians and family practice physicians, asking them about how they manage obesity in their practices. Then, through a series of follow-up activities, the researchers worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics to develop and implement ways to encourage physicians to address childhood obesity.
Key Findings: Findings on their survey of pediatricians appear in a paper slated for publication in Pediatrics in 2010, entitled "Adoption of BMI Guidelines for Screening and Counseling in Pediatric Practice."
Findings of their survey of family practitioners appear in an unpublished paper entitled "Screening and Counseling for Childhood Obesity: Results of a National Survey."