Journal article

Are general practitioners equipped to detect child overweight/obesity? Survey and audit

B Gerner, Z McCallum, J Sheehan, C Harris, M Wake

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

AIM: To ascertain the extent to which general practitioners (GPs) routinely weigh, measure and calculate body mass index (BMI) in children, and to assess the accuracy and accessibility of their anthropometric equipment. METHODS: A convenience sample of 34 GPs from 29 primary care family medical practices in Melbourne, Australia, completed a questionnaire regarding their routine anthropometric practice for 5-10-year-old children and perceived role in managing childhood overweight and obesity. Practice audits (April-June 2002) assessed the accuracy and accessibility of anthropometric equipment. RESULTS: Forty-four per cent of GPs reported regularly weighing children; 38% regularly measured chi..

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